Mark J. Williams was elected to the Austin Community College District Board of Trustees in November 2014. The six-year term will end in 2020. He was elected as Vice Chair of the Board in 2019. He served as Secretary of the Board, 2017-2018.
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 Austin Partners in Education (APIE), Austin Ed Fund, Central Texas Food Bank (serving as chair in 2017 and 2018), Friends of Garza High School, Friends of the Zilker Kite Festival, Trail of Lights Foundation, Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum and the University of Texas Elementary School. Williams also currently serves as Chair of the Early Matters Greater Austin steering committee. In addition, he is member of the Austin Area Research Organization, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Community and Technical College Leadership Council and the Education Council for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.
Williams was the elected District 5 representative on the Austin ISD board from 2004-2012 (serving as board president from 2006-2012). He has also served as a past board member and in various officer and/or committee roles of Ann Richards School Foundation, Aware Awake Alive, Austin Community College Foundation, Center for Child Protection, Communities in Schools, Community Action Network (serving as chair in 2007), Envision Central Texas, KDK-Harman Foundation, Lone Star Investment Pool, Longhorn Village, Prevent Child Abuse Texas, Texas Exes, Tomorrow’s Child Foundation, United Ways of Texas (serving as chair in 2015 and 2016), University High School and West Austin Youth Association, and as a former advisory board member of Any Baby Can, former member of the Community Advisory Board for Legacy of Giving and former member of the Community Advisory Council for the UT-Austin Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. Williams also served as the treasurer and a member of the Leadership Committee for the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium and on the leadership committee for the University of Texas Recreational Sports Division. Williams 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 twenty-somethings.