The National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) is pleased to announce the selection of Cheryl Williams as the organization’s next Executive Director. The recruitment of Williams, an experienced nonprofit leader and public policy expert, follows a national search led by Good Insight. Williams begins her new role on December 1st. She will join NASCSP’s Annual Training Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota in late October.
“Cheryl is perfectly positioned to represent our members and further our mission to help states enable social and economic mobility and energy efficiency in low-income communities,” said Beverly Buchanan, President of the NASCSP Board of Directors. “Her experience at the federal level and as an advocate for change will strengthen and expand NASCSP’s reach in pivotal ways.”
Wiliams’ leadership comes at a crucial time. With federal investments including the CARES Act, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act, states are poised to deliver essential and significant investments in support of low-income communities. She will guide NASCSP as it supports state administrators to adapt to these exciting challenges.
“NASCSP is an essential partner to state service programs through its first-class research, training and technical assistance, thought leadership, and advocacy,” said Williams. “I could not be more proud to join an organization at the crux of such meaningful change in people’s lives.”
About Cheryl Williams
Cheryl Williams is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of public policy and operations experience in the federal government and nonprofit sector.
As Vice President of the Women’s Congressional Policy Institute, Williams provided strategic leadership to bring together women policymakers and trusted partners to advance issues important to women and girls, develop the next generation of women leaders, and foster a more effective and representative democracy.
Previously, Williams served as Associate Director of Government Affairs for the United Negro College Fund, where she advocated on behalf of historically black colleges and universities to increase access to higher education for low-income students. As Senior Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, she was a trusted advisor on voting rights, women’s health, labor and employment, education, and appropriations, among other issues.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and her law degree from American University. A native Washingtonian, Wilson serves on the boards of Everyone Home DC and the CKA SAVE Project. She is also a longtime volunteer with Food and Friends and SisterMentors.
Formed in 1978, NASCSP is a 501(c)(6) membership-based nonprofit that advocates for and enhances the partnership between federal and state governments to alleviate poverty and achieve economic security for families across the country. NASCSP’s members are state administrators of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). By extension, NASCSP also reaches a network of state associations, local Community Action Agencies (CAAs), and Weatherization Assistance providers who work nationwide.
NASCSP helps state administrators effectively empower families with low incomes to reach social and economic mobility and health and wellbeing through an extensive array of services that include weatherization, energy assistance, childcare, nutrition, employment, job training, and housing in urban, suburban, and rural communities.
NASCSP provides training, technical assistance, research, analysis, and legislative/regulatory voice to CSBG and WAP offices, CAAs, and state associations to increase their capacity and support their collective work.
About Good Insight
With a mission to connect good causes to great leaders, Good Insight is an executive search firm and governance consultancy serving the social sector. They plan leadership transitions, recruit talented senior executives, and strengthen boards of directors. Good Insight focuses on leadership searches for small and mid-sized nonprofits with a nationwide reach. To learn more, visit www.good-insight.org.