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Janelle Williams

Senior Adviser

Areas of Expertise: Economic opportunity and inclusion, family and community studies
  • Biography

    Janelle Williams is a senior adviser on the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s community and economic development (CED) team. Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed, she led economic opportunity initiatives for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site. She was lead author of the foundation’s Changing the Odds: The Race for Results in Atlanta report and editor of the Partnership for Southern Equity’s Growing the Future: The Case for Economic Inclusion in Atlanta.

    Previously, Williams led efforts to incorporate data analysis and evaluation into program design and implementation at the Center for Working Families Inc. She has served as a congressional fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives, conducting policy research on issues tied to education, health, workforce development, and immigration.

    Williams holds a doctorate in international family and community studies from Clemson University, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Georgia, and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology from Florida Memorial University. She serves on the board of the Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative.

  • Publications


    Mary Hirt and Janelle Williams. "Southeastern Small Businesses in the Face of COVID-19." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (COVID-19 Publications 2020).

    Brittany Birken, Ann Carpenter, Karen Leone de Nie, Sameera Fazili, Mary Hirt, David A. Jackson, Sarah Miller, Patrick Pontius, Julie Siwicki, Sarah Stein, Nisha Sutaria, and Janelle Williams. “Tackling the Unknown Together: Community Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (March/April 2020).