I am humbled to be part of a team that has inspired and mentored me since my early days in youth development and organizing!
Over the past 10 years, Calvin Williams has worked in the field of policy advocacy, leadership development, and education. He believes our movements are sustained when we create spaces for health, healing, and transformation through authentic relationships.
As Senior Associate at MSC, Calvin supports youth engagement projects focused on the Boys and Men of Color/Sons & Brothers initiative with the California Endowment. He previously served as Program Coordinator for the Oakland Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) initiative at the Urban Strategies Council and was an inaugural BMoC Fellow with The California Endowment.
Calvin developed innovative fellowship programs to engage a new generation of progressive leaders. He was the founding director of the Health Equity Fellowship program, a partnership between The Greenlining Institute and the California Endowment. He coordinated national policy campaigns and trainings through the Generational Alliance, a strategic coalition of 15 progressive youth organizations, to build collective power among young people of color and low-income communities. He also directed the fellowship program at Young People For (YP4), a project of the People For the American Way Foundation that engaged young progressive leaders in creating community change across the country.
Calvin was an educator in Mississippi and Alabama, teaching high school and junior high. In 2008, he was recruited by Wellstone Action to be a trainer for emerging college campus organizers. He has since advised curriculum development for YP4, California Black Student Union, and BMoC youth trainings.
Calvin received his BA in Political Science at LaGrange College in Georgia. He received a Master in Public Administration at City University of New York, Baruch College School of Public Affairs. He now resides in Oakland, CA, where he actively serves on several boards including Brothers on the Rise, United Roots and YouthSEED.