Newsmakers January – February 2013

Former Visions Education Managing Partner Donna Givens Williams was recently named president of the Detroit-based Youth Development Commission (YDC). Williams has extensive experience working in nonprofit management and youth development. The YDC began almost two decades ago as the Youth and Sports Recreation Commission. The organization has since branched out to provide other youth services, including out-of-school time support and college and career counseling. The announcement coincides with the YDC’s relocation to central Detroit, and the opening of a new facility with a teen center and a multipurpose training room.


Dr. Damon A. Williams has been named the senior vice president of Program, Training  and Youth Development Services by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). Williams comes to the BGCA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was the vice provost and chief diversity officer. He was also a faculty member of the Department of Education Leadership and Policy Analysis. In his new position Williams will be charged with leading national program strategy for a number of BGCA’s key areas, including Academic Success, Citizenship and Good Character. 
Williams will be focused on bettering the experience for young people at more than 4,000 locations around the nation that serve some 4 million. 
Jim Clark, the president and CEO of BGCA said, “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Damon Williams as a senior leader in an extremely important position. Our Great Futures Impact Plan involves assuring success is within the reach of every child who walks through a Club door.

Newsmakers for November 2011

Milwaukee-based Families Inter­national, which operates the major trade group Alliance for Children and Families, paused last month to remember its longtime leader, and then used its annual conference to reassure members with the introduc­tion of a high-pro­file successor. Veteran child welfare director Susan Dreyfus will be the new CEO of Milwau­kee-based Fami­lies Internation­al, whose longtime leader Peter Goldberg died of a heart attack in August. Families International is the par­ent organization for the Alliance, which is one of the largest member­ship organizations in the country for youth-serving nonprofits. It also op­erates United Neighborhood Centers of America, FEI Behavioral Health, and Ways to Work, which provides loans to credit-challenged poor fam­ilies through members of the Alli­ance. Dreyfus, who is the secretary of the Washington Department of So­cial and Health Services for Gov. Chris Gregoire (D), will remain in her position until January.