Co-Founder; 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) year tenure with the organization, including Board of Directors Member (2013-15); Vice President (2013-15), Acting President (2013-15), Interim Secretary (2010-13); 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 help the organization secure $50,000 in grant funding during her tenure. She authored, co-authored or edited more than 200 documents and 90% of the organization’s founding documents, including the bylaws, articles of incorporation, volunteer handbook and training materials. She single-handedly established the organization’s social media presence (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, 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 non-exhaustive list of her work and accomplishments while at the organization follows.
NOTEWORTHY WORK & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
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 the application and all of the paperwork required for Janus Institute For Justice to receive 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service prior to resigning. The IRS granted the organization nonprofit status in December 2015.
Volunteer Director | Janus Institute For Justice Volunteers (2010-2015)
Ms. Williams recruited every volunteer who worked for Janus Institute For Justice from 2010-2015. She created and posted all volunteer ads; scheduled and attended all volunteer interviews; drafted the Volunteer Handbook and other training materials; coordinated volunteer orientations; delegated and monitored volunteer assignments; tracked volunteer hours; coordinated and attended every volunteer meeting; and created and maintained the Volunteers’ hub on the organization’s website. Ms. Williams also recruited and trained the Volunteer Programs and Services Director who joined the organization in August 2013. Working together, the two created one of the best volunteer programs in the state.
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 with the recruitment and management of all program volunteers; supervised and assisted the organization’s Lead Graphic Designer to create promotional material; authored or edited 85% of the program’s essential documents; promoted the program across social media; drafted and submitted press releases; ensured program info on the website was current and informative; and monitored program data and analytics to ensure the it was meeting milestones and functioning as intended.
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 created the workshop’s informational documents and sign-up forms and worked with the Lead Graphic Designer to create all promotional materials.
Project & Social Media Director | 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. The Arkansas L.E.A.D. program was a social justice initiative committed to narrowing the gender gap across fields or industries where girls and women lag behind their male counterparts – i.e., finance, entrepreneurship, civic leadership and STEM. The Arkansas S.T.O.P.P. program was a social justice initiative committed to plugging the school-to-prison pipeline as well as reducing the disproportionate number of African-Americans and Hispanics / Latinos incarcerated for non-violent offenses. Ms. Williams served as the Co-Director and Social Media Director of both projects. Her duties and responsibilities were similar to those of the Common C.E.N.T. Home Weatherization Program referenced above.
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-Grant Writer & Consultant | National Audubon and Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship (2013 -2014)
In August 2013, the president of Janus Institute For Justice 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.
Grant Writer | 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 & Articles 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.
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 assisted with every aspect of the event, including the awards nomination process, awards selection, t-shirt design, location, and attendance. Other coordinators included: I. Malik Saafir, Shumeka Young and Blake Wilson.