Dr. Darnise R. Williams started her career in education as a high school English teacher in South Los Angeles. Her career in public education spans over 25 years, having served in the positions of literacy coordinator, middle and high school assistant principal, principal, district principal supervisor, administrator of instruction, and senior director.
Dr. Williams has developed multiple initiatives to support the implementation of approaches to shift academic outcomes. She maintains a laser focus on supporting all students in achieving college and career readiness. Most recently, in collaboration with the University of Southern California, Dr. Williams led the Race and Equity Academy in the Los Angeles Unified School District for over 100 school principals and principal supervisors, learning how to advance racial equity effectively.
Dr. Williams’ professional career has been aimed at ensuring higher outcomes for students of all backgrounds, focusing on “disrupting” educational inequities. She advocates for all children and firmly believes that “equity” is essential to sustaining rich and productive learning communities.
Dr. Williams earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Dr. Williams is a transformational leader with a wealth of expertise in curriculum and instruction, equity-focused leadership, and building collaborative teams inclusive of all stakeholder groups.