Janus Institute For Justice


Founding Member; Fmr Vice President  & Social Media Director of Janus Institute For Justice (Dec 2010- Dec 2015). Ms. Williams served in numerous positions during her five (5) years of service with the organization, including Board of Directors Member (2013-15); Vice President (2013-15), Acting President (2013-15), Acting Secretary (2010-15); Legal Researcher & Consultant (2009-2015); Social Media Director (2010-15); PR/Mktg Director (2010-2015); Volunteer Recruiter & Programs Director (2010-14); Project Manager (2010-15); Lead Program Coordinator (2010-15); and Organizational Strategist (2010-15).

Ms. Williams authored, co-authored or edited more than 90% of the organization’s founding documents, including two versions of the bylaws and article of incorporation, internal policies, the volunteer handbook, volunteer ads and recruiting material. Ms. Williams almost single-handedly established the organization’s social media presence (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.) as well as managed and maintained the organization’s official website

Ms. Williams resigned from Janus Institute For Justice on December 1, 2015. A short, non-exhaustive list of her accomplishments while at the organization follows.

SHORT LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Co-Coordinator | Project Initiatives Mentorship Programs (2015)
Ms. Williams helped establish, coordinate and manage the Arkansas School-to-Prison Pipeline (AR S.T.O.P.P.) and Arkansas Girls to Women L.E.A.D. (Learn, Education, Achieve & Development) Mentorship Programs in Fall 2015.

Lead Project Manager | U.S. EPA Region 6 Environmental Justice Workshop – Arkansas (2015)
On June 16, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 and Janus Institute For Justice co-hosted the U.S. EPA Region 6 Environmental Justice Training Workshop. The workshop was a free, three-day event held at LaQuinta Inns & Suites Downtown Conference Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. The objectives of the EJ workshop were to bring together grassroots organizations, partners, local officials, and government entities to better understand today’s environmental justice challenges; to build sustainable relationships through strategy exchanges, consensus-building, lessons learned and best practices that lead to healthier communities; to broaden decision making skills via better understanding of environmental processes and requirements; and to participate in a collaborative process to draft a Region 6 EJ State Action Plan that addresses region-wide EJ priorities.

Co-Coordinator | Annual Volunteer Awards Dinner (2015)
Janus Institute For Justice held its first Annual Volunteer Awards Dinner on June 13, 2015 at the Olive Garden located at 10715 N Rodney Parham Rd in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Ms. Williams was the brainchild of the event, helped secure a location, select and purchase awards, created polls that allowed volunteers to nominate themselves or other members of the team. Other coordinators included: Malik Saafir, Shumeka Young and Blake Wilson.

Grant Applicant | U.S. EPA Environmental Justice Small Grant (2015)
Janus Institute For Justice was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s EJSG to co-organize and co-host the U.S. EPA Region 6 Environmental Justice Training Workshop. See above. Ms. Williams applied for the grant on behalf of the organization, worked intimately with all EPA Region 6 personnel, departments and third-party contractors to successfully fulfill the grant’s mandate.

Coordinator / Editor | Janus Pro Bono Attorney Has a BIG IDEA (2014)
Each year the ARKANSAS TIMES holds a competition, whereby Arkansans are asked to submit BIG IDEAS that will inspire change and have a positive impact on a community or the state. Ideas submitted range from quirky to ingenious and AR TIMES publishes the best ones. Ms. Williams promoted the competition and served as the organization’s coordinator and submissions editor.  The organization’s first submission, authored by then Pro Bono Attorney Jacob Pesicek, on Reform the Juvenile Criminal Justice System was published and appears in the December 2014 edition of the ARKANSAS TIMES.

Asst Project Director | The Common C.E.N.T. Home Weatherization Program (2014)
Janus Institute For Justice, with funding from the National Audubon Society and Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship, established The Common C.E.N.T. (Creating Energy-Efficient Neighborhoods Together) Program to educate low-income homeowners in Central Little Rock about environmental issues and energy conservation; to provide free home energy assessment from a certified energy auditor; and to subsidize the cost of home weatherization, energy-efficiency upgrades to qualifying homeowners. Ms. Williams assisted the Volunteer Programs & Services Director (Shumeka Young) with the recruitment and management of all program volunteers. Ms. Williams also authored or edited 85% of the program’s essential documents, ensured program info on the website was current, and worked with then Lead Graphic Designer (Blake Wilson) to create promotional materials.

Social Media Director | Healthy Homes Workshop (2014)
On August 28, Janus Institute For Justice’s Common C.E.N.T. Program hosted its first Healthy Homes Workshop at the Greater Christ Temple Pentecostal Church in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Homeowners and members of the community learned about the Seven Principles of a Healthy Homes; were introduced to the concept of environmental justice; were and provided information about environmental toxins that have historically plagued low-income and minority homeowners and renters, such as lead poisoning, poor infrastructure, pest infestations, substandard sanitation, and the litany of health problems caused by environmental toxins. This workshop was free and open to the public. Ms Williams and Graphic Designer Blake Wilson created all event related promotional materials.

Co- Applicant & Consultant | National Audubon and Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship (2013 -2014) 
In August 2013, President I. Malik Saafir received a $10,000 fellowship grant on behalf of the organization from the National Audubon and Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship. This award is given to 40 high-potential conservation leaders to each year to conduct community projects and to engage diverse audiences in habitat, water or energy conservation. Ms. Williams assisted the president in securing the initial funding as well an additional $5000 grant, which allowed the organization to weatherize more homes, recruit more volunteers and educate more community members.

 Co-Founder | Janus Institute For Justice Receives Nonprofit Status (2014)
In December 2013, Ms. Williams moved the Board of Directors to dissolve the then for-profit limited liability corporation (LLC) and establish a nonprofit organization that would better serve the needs of the community and state.  The motion passed by unanimous vote. The organization applied for and was granted nonprofit status by the State of Arkansas on January 15, 2014. Prior to her resignation, Ms. Williams completed all of the paperwork required for Janus Institute For Justice to receive 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service.  The organization was granted 501(c)(3) status in December 2015.

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