Dr. Mia Williams is the Executive Director of the Department of African American Male Achievement for Seattle Public Schools. Williams, who has worked as an educator at Seattle Public Schools for 26 years, leads a newly created department focusing on the advancement of African American males and elimination of disparities in educational and social outcomes for students from pre-school through 12th grade. Creation of the Department of African Male Achievement directly aligns with the district’s new five-year strategic plan, Seattle Excellence, and the collective commitment to unapologetically support and serve students and families furthest from educational justice.
Williams is the recipient of numerous professional awards and recognitions, including Washington State Middle Level Principal of the Year. She was honored in July 2019 when she was presented with the National Education Association’s Mary Hatwood Futrell Human and Civil Rights Award. In 2018, the award was presented to former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Williams received her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington. She received her master’s degree from UW and her teaching certificate from Central Washington University.