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Janelle Williams

Senior Adviser

Areas of Expertise: Economic opportunity and inclusion, family and community studies
  • Biography

    Janelle Williams serves as a senior adviser on the Atlanta Fed’s Community and Economic Development team. In this role, Williams cultivates and expands partnerships to foster cross-sector collaborations to promote economic mobility across the Sixth District. She brings deep expertise in inclusive development, small business, racial equity, performance management strategies, and research.

    Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed, she led economic opportunity initiatives for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site. She was lead author of the foundation’s Changing the Odds: The Race for Results in Atlanta report and editor of the Partnership for Southern Equity’s Growing the Future: The Case for Economic Inclusion in Atlanta.

    Williams has extensive research experience in an array of socioeconomic and international issues. Previously, she led efforts to incorporate data analysis and evaluation into program design and implementation at the Center for Working Families Inc. She has served as a congressional fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives, conducting policy research on issues tied to education, health, workforce development, and immigration.

    Williams holds a doctorate in international family and community studies from Clemson University, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Georgia, and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology from Florida Memorial University. She serves on the board of the Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative. She is a fellow for the Association of Black Foundation Executives’ Connecting Leaders program and an alumnus of the Atlanta Leaders for Results and LEAD Atlanta programs. Williams is an active community volunteer and currently serves as cofounder and vice chair of the Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative and as a board member for Common Future Fund and Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.

  • Publications


    Jasmine Burnett, Mary Hirt, David A. Jackson, and Janelle Williams. "Tackling an Inclusive and Resilient Recovery in the Southeast." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (March 24, 2021).

    Janelle Williams. "Supporting the Recovery of Small Businesses of Color." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (COVID-19 Publications 2020).

    Mary Hirt and Janelle Williams. "Southeastern Small Businesses in the Face of COVID-19." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (COVID-19 Publications 2020).

    Brittany Birken, Ann Carpenter, Karen Leone de Nie, Sameera Fazili, Mary Hirt, David A. Jackson, Sarah Miller, Patrick Pontius, Julie Siwicki, Sarah Stein, Nisha Sutaria, and Janelle Williams. “Tackling the Unknown Together: Community Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (March/April 2020).

    Special Publications

    Jessica Battisto, Mels de Zeeuw, Rebecca Landau, Claire Kramer Mills, Lucas Misera, Ann Marie Wiersch, and Janelle Williams. 2021 Small Business Credit Survey: 2021 Report on Employer Firms. February 2021.

    Dell Gines, Steve Shepelwich, and Janelle Williams. Small Businesses of Color Recovery Guide. Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City (November 2020).