James E. Williams

James E. Williams, Jr. served as the president and chief executive officer of Easter Seals International for 24 years. During his tenure, he led the organization through years of unprecedented growth, achieving total revenues in excess of $2 billion with services provided to more than 2 million people annually.

Easter Seals became the 7th largest charity in America under his leadership. Williams has held leadership positions on numerous boards including the National Health Council, the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the National Association of Dentistry for People with Disabilities, the JM Search for Excellence, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, the Institute of Philanthropy and numerous other education and civic boards.

He has served as an advisor to the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Transportation, and as an advisor to for-profit companies including Pfizer, Posit Science, and other educational and medical service organizations. Williams was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the University of New England in recognition of his contributions to health and human services in addition to other awards for his service.

He currently serves on the board of the United States Veterans Chamber of Commerce and was recently elected Chair of the board of the National Trust For Our Wounded.