Kathy J. Williams
Kathy J. Williams has broad experience in cultural competency, community service and organizational management. This includes entrepreneurial experience with a media property and online community, seven years building and developing community-based non-profit governing boards, four years working in recruitment or admissions, nine years developing and executing international corporate policy and overseeing regulatory affairs. In addition, she has considerable cross-cultural experience from living in Taiwan and Japan, extended stays in Kenya and Mexico, familiarity with Mandarin Chinese and extensive travel throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.
Since moving back to the Bay Area 20 years ago and settling in Marin, she has worked with several non-profit organizations. She assumed the responsibilities of Director of Admissions at Marin Horizon School (MHS), an independent elementary school located in Mill Valley, CA., after serving on the board of trustees for 6 years. Ms. Williams managed the admissions process with a goal of expanding diversity, developed a strategic marketing plan and expanded the visibility of MHS. Ms. Williams currently uses her professional experience to assist two local non-profit organizations. She serves as a trustee for the Bridge the Gap College Prep, a mentor/tutoring program for elementary and high school students living in Marin City, and the Carlston Family Foundation, formed to recognize and reward outstanding teachers in the lowest performing California public high schools. She has also served on the boards of The National Conference for Community and Justice, a human relations organization, and The Mountain Play Association, an 80+-year old non-profit that produces family oriented Broadway plays at the Mt. Tamalpais amphitheatre.
Prior to moving to Mill Valley, Ms. Williams and her husband lived in Japan for one year on a Japan Society of New York fellowship. The first of her three children was born in Japan during that business sabbatical. That year served as the transition year from her corporate career to a service oriented one.
Her corporate career was highlighted with her work in the International and Government Affairs department of Flying Tigers Inc. heading the Washington, D.C. office. As Director of International and Government Affairs, she developed policy positions on international aviation issues and unfair trade practices, represented the company during the negotiation of bilateral air transport agreements, and monitored international aviation and trade issues in the U.S. Congress. In 1989 when Flying Tigers was acquired by FedEx, she continued to manage international regulatory issues from the Washington, D.C. office.
Ms. Williams also has experience in the Human Resources field. As COO at vivoGS with responsibility for hiring and firing, she relied on the knowledge and training she had as Personnel Relations Representative for Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation in Gramercy, Louisiana, the company involved in one of the first reverse discrimination lawsuits against affirmative action hiring.
Ms. Williams has a BA in linguistics from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Southern California with a concentration in international marketing. She also studied Mandarin at the Monterey Institute for International Studies and during her residency in Taiwan.