Carme Williams

Job Title: Senior Consultant

Organization: Washburn & McGoldrick, LLC

Education: BA in business management with a minor in finance, North Carolina State University

Carme Williams, CFRE, is a senior consultant with Washburn & McGoldrick, LLC. She previously served as the vice president of development at Prairie View A&M University, a member of The Texas A&M University System. She has served in this position since February 2018. Ms. Williams, has more than 20 years of experience in leadership, management, and fundraising in the nonprofit arena, as well as several years of management experience from the corporate and banking industry. Previously, Ms. Williams was the senior vice president for the Harris Foundation/Institute where she managed all of the fundraising efforts. A past executive director of the Houston Community College Foundation she secured a $7 million dollar historic gift for the foundation during her time there. Ms. Williams was a part of Rice University's $1 Billion Centennial Capital Campaign. As the director of development for the School of Humanities, she developed priorities, strategies, internal and external marketing material for the launch of the campaign and led all fundraising activities in the School of Humanities, which had a fundraising goal of $68 million. Williams also created and implemented a comprehensive strategy targeting diverse alumni and friends to engage with the university through participation and philanthropic support. Ms. Williams' first introduction to the nonprofit community was in 1999 with Church World Service (CWS), an inter-faith international humanitarian non-government organization consisting of 36 mainstream denominations. CWS was active in over 80 countries. She raised over $10 million to help with education and advocacy, emergency response, health care, HIV/AIDS, hunger relief, refugees, and water preservation from individual donors, foundations, and corporations through grants, major gifts, planned gifts, pledges, and sponsorships. Ms. Williams is a past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Houston Chapter, which has a membership of 700+ fundraisers and financial advisors across the City of Houston. With AFP, she served as the VP for professional advancement, VP of diversity and community outreach, and chaired the AFP 2013 Ask the Experts Conference, which provided fundraising education to over 350 fundraisers in the Houston area. She currently serves on the board of the Houston Public Library Foundation and the UNA of Houston Chapter. Ms. Williams holds a B.A. degree in business management with a minor in finance from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and a Certified Fundraising Executive Certificate (CFRE) since 2009.

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