Place 1: Term ends in 2020
Mark J. Williams was elected to the Austin Community College District Board of Trustees in November 2014. He was elected as Secretary of the Board in 2017. Williams is a strong advocate for the critical regional role ACC plays in both workforce development and providing educational and job-training opportunities for its students. With a business background and extensive involvement in K-12 education in Austin, Williams is committed to strengthening the relationships between ACC and the business community and the school districts that are part of ACC's service area. He also appreciates his fiduciary duty to ACC's students, taxpayers, and Central Texas residents to ensure that ACC has a strong offering of high-quality courses at each campus, that tuition and tax monies are spent wisely, and that there is sufficient focus on the college's student success initiatives.
Williams has been extensively involved in a variety of education, civic, and non-profit activities. He currently serves on the board and in various officer and/or committee roles of the Ann Richards School Foundation, Austin Partners in Education (APIE), Austin Public Education Foundation, Aware Awake Alive, Capital Area Food Bank, Communities in Schools, Friends of Garza High School, Friends of the Zilker Kite Festival, KDK-Harman Foundation, Longhorn Village, Tomorrow's Child Legacy Foundation (benefiting the Center for Child Protection), Trail of Lights Foundation, United Ways of Texas (serving as chair in 2015) and University High School (a new sober, recovery program high school). Williams serves on the leadership committees for the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium and the University of Texas Recreational Sports Division. He also is in his seventh year as a volunteer with APIE as a middle school math classroom coach.
Williams was the elected District 5 representative on the Austin ISD board from 2004-2012 and appointed as board president from 2006-2012. He also served as a past board member and in various officer and/or committee roles of the Center for Child Protection, Community Action Network (serving as chair in 2007), Envision Central Texas, Lone Star Investment Pool, Prevent Child Abuse Texas, Texas Exes, and West Austin Youth Association, and as a former advisory board member of Any Baby Can. Mark was a member of the 2003-04 Leadership Austin class.
Williams and his wife Linda McCalla Williams are both graduates of UT-Austin's business school. He worked in finance, audit, and consulting capacities at Dell Inc. and Arthur Andersen. They are the parents of three college students.