Candace Williams is from the small Delta town of Elaine, Arkansas. Before working for Rural Community Alliance, she was employed by USDA Delta Obesity Prevention Research Unit where her work encompassed evaluating the role of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in preventing obesity in the Lower Mississippi Delta region of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. She holds a Family and Consumer Science degree from the University of Central Arkansas and is a 2017 Community Development Institute (CDI)-Central graduate.
She served as Rural Community Alliance’s first youth board member, starting in 2007 until the time she became a staff member in 2013. As Executive Director of Rural Community Alliance, she works to empower rural community members to improve and create change in their schools and communities. Rural Community Alliance works in state, regional, and national coalitions to promote equitable education and rural prosperity.
Williams currently serves as board Treasurer of the Arkansas Community Development Society. She also serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis-Community Development Advisory Council, UCA CDI Advisory Board, and the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) board. She’s mom to Caleb, an 11 year old Googling guru.