TITLE: Chief Executive Officer
FOCUS AREAS: Homelessness, substance abuse, foster youth, after-school services, and poverty prevention, mental health, education
CONTACT: (408) 446-0700 x1202; RWilliams@Sobrato.org
PROFILE: Rick Williams stepped into the role of Sobrato Family Foundation CEO in February 2013 after founding a consulting group and serving as the director for Assets Funders Network and the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation.
Williams’ bio on the SFF website shares:
As Chief Executive Officer of SFF, Rick Williams is responsible for providing the overall direction, leadership, and management of the foundation. Prior to joining SFF, Mr. Williams founded and was President of Realize Consulting Group, a management consultant practice focused on creating effective and sustainable solutions for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations and the communities they serve. Mr. Williams also served as the Director of the Asset Funders Network, USA, a national community of foundations and grantmakers advancing programs and policies that promote economic opportunity by helping low-income individuals build and protect financial assets. From 2001-2005, Mr. Williams was National Programs Director at the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation where he oversaw human services grantmaking in the areas of homelessness, substance abuse, foster youth, after-school services, and poverty prevention. Other positions previously held by Mr. Williams include servings as a founding steering committee member of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, as COO and CFO for EMQ Children and Family Services, as Deputy Director of the Santa Clara County Mental Health Department and Director of the Santa Clara County’s psychiatric inpatient services. He holds a BS in clinical psychology from Washington State University and a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University.
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