Matthew Williams

Matthew WilliamsJ. Matthew Williams, M.A.

Director of Communication

As Director of Communication, Williams works alongside the university’s senior leaders to elevate the institution’s efforts to build a community that respects all its citizens and gives people from underrepresented groups full access to resources and opportunities. He also oversees The Leadership Project, an initiative designed to engage members of the Wake Forest community with inspiring leaders who represent a variety of professional paths and worldviews.

Williams previously served as an Associate Director in Personal and Career Development and the Assistant Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, where he led the programming in 2011-2012 to commemorate the University’s 50th Anniversary of Integration. Williams’ prior work as a marketing and communications professional includes positions at two top-ranked public relations firms where he developed campaigns for nonprofits, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies to advance civic and social justice issues. His work has been recognized by the Public Relations Society of America, National Public Radio, Rhetoric Society of America, South by Southwest, TED, and at other industry events.

He earned a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Communication from Wake Forest, and Williams currently speaks nationally and counsels organizations on issues related to systemic and institutional culture change, strategic communication, and support for marginalized communities. He is a native of LaGrange, GA and enjoys international foods and travel as well as spending time with family and friends.