GREENSBORO, NC (March 21, 2020) – Following a national search, the Board of Directors of the Greensboro Housing Coalition (GHC) is pleased to announce the selection of GHC’s new Executive Director, Josie Williams. Williams, transitions to the Executive Director role effective April 6th.
Williams joined GHC in 2016 as Director of Community Engagement and quickly distinguished herself as a thoughtful, compassionate leader. “Josie has the passion, background and drive to lead GHC as it fulfills its mission and positions its efforts to address the affordable housing crisis in our community. I am pleased that our Board was able to promote from within an extraordinary, inspiring and engaged leader who is a strategic thinker and a community advocate,” said Board Chair Antonia Monk Richburg.
A Greensboro native, Williams developed her passion for community and addressing housing insecurity from her personal experience with homelessness. Williams has risen through the ranks at GHC. She joined the organization as a student intern and became part of the permanent staff to support the agency’s role in the Collaborative Cottage Grove partnership, a cross-sectional collective of organizations and neighborhood residents working together to address community needs, including the relationship between health and housing quality. With this background, Williams is excited to bring her deep commitment to collaboration and community-centered leadership to this role.
“Josie’s intelligence, maturity and compassion will make her a good fit to connect to the legacy strengths of GHC and to chart a path to an agency that can be even more influential in the future,” says Collaborative Cottage Grove partner Kathy Colville, Healthy Communities Director for Cone Health.
Williams has been honored for her work with a number of awards and recognition, among them the 2019 Sojourner Truth Award, which is the Greensboro Club of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club’s (NANBPWC) highest Recognition, and is given to a woman whose life parallels the life and qualities of Sojourner Truth; the 2018 National Grassroots Policy and Community Engagement Award from Communities Joined in Action; and the 2016 Justice and Policy Studies Community Service Award from the Justice and Policy Department at Guilford College. She is also the State Chair of the Cooperative Extension at NC A & T State University’s Strategic Planning Council and has recently been appointed as a member of the NC Institute of Medicine, a distinguished group of more than 150 health and policy leaders in North Carolina.
“Josie has been a dedicated and collaborative leader in the Foundation’s community-centered health work for several years now. Her ability to connect with community and authentically engage partners across all sectors along with strong advocacy at the local, state and national levels make her a natural choice to lead Greensboro Housing Coalition forward into the future.” says John Lumpkin, MD, President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC Foundation.
Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in Community & Justice Studies from Guilford College and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from UNC-Greensboro, where she is pursuing her graduate education.
“It is an honor to be appointed Executive Director for Greensboro Housing Coalition. I appreciate the Board’s confidence in my abilities to lead our agency into a new phase of growth and opportunity. With the support of our dedicated partners and wonderful staff, we will continue our work toward the time when everyone has a safe place to call home,” says Josie Williams.
Williams will be replacing current Executive Director, Brett Byerly, who announced his resignation from the role late last year after five years of successfully leading the agency in its mission to advocate for and provide resources to promote healthy, safe, affordable housing.
Greensboro Housing Coalition is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the need for healthy, safe, affordable homes for local families. We do this through housing counseling, healthy homes assessments, community engagement, financial literacy education, and policy advocacy. Learn more at www.gsohc.org