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.