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February 25, 2022 / 2022 Power 50

2022 Power 50: 14. Jay Williams

Jay Williams, President, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Since arriving at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in 2017, Jay Williams has significantly lifted the profile of the organization, which sits on a $1-billion community fund. 

He is currently leading the Foundation’s efforts to dismantle structural racism, achieve equity and improve social and economic mobility in the region. 

In January the Foundation announced $125,000 in funding for seven public policy and advocacy groups working to make affordable, stable and higher-quality housing more accessible to low-income residents of color.

In 2022 the Hartford Foundation plans to significantly expand its efforts to attract philanthropic resources to the region, through a variety of partnerships, affiliations, new products and approaches, Williams said.

Williams serves on the boards of the MetroHartford Alliance, AdvanceCT and is a member of the Governor’s Workforce Council. At the national level, he is a member of the Community Foundation Opportunity Network and sits on the board of the Council on Foundations.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Williams, a former mayor of Youngstown, Ohio, served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development where he led the federal economic development agenda for the United States. 

He also served as deputy director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House and executive director of the federal Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers. 

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