Nicholas Williams

Nicholas Williams, MPP

Senior Associate

Los Angeles, CA

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Nicholas Williams is a social sector leader, analyst, writer, and consultant with extensive experience and proven results in academic, business, nonprofit and government settings.

A skilled communicator and collaborator, he has led nonprofit and foundation organizations and projects focused on mental health, economic development, homelessness and housing, child and family welfare, K-12 education, higher education, and workforce development. His projects have included engagements with a range of philanthropic foundations including the MacArthur Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Ford Foundation.

He joins HMA after serving as associate director of the University of Southern California (USC) Center of Philanthropy and Public Policy. While there, he developed practice-oriented programs and research reports, engaging scholars and foundation leaders on issues at the intersection of philanthropy, government, and the private sector.

Nicholas has worked in-house for a management consulting agency and maintained his own consulting practice focused on strategic planning, program, and resource development for nonprofit and social impact organizations for more than a decade.

He has published several widely touted research reports on philanthropy and public policy, including a report on federal offices of strategic partnerships that he co-presented at the White House. He has also published articles and research reports for Inside Philanthropy on housing, homelessness, and democracy.

Nicholas earned a Master of Public Policy from USC, Southern California, and bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Denver.