David A. Williams

David A. Williams

Director, Board of Directors of Up for Growth; Vice President of Real Estate, Partnerships, and Impact at Lafayette Square

National Board Members

David A. Williams serves as Vice President of Real Estate, Partnerships, and Impact at Lafayette Square, a nationwide impact investment platform. Previously he was the Director of Policy Outreach at Opportunity Insights, a research and public policy lab based at Harvard University dedicated to using big data to improve upward mobility in America. There he led community-wide economic mobility initiatives and work to spread the research and policy lessons of Creating Moves to Opportunity, the housing mobility pilot project.

David also served as a senior advisor to the Mayor of Detroit where he was a member of the Mayor’s economic development team, managing large-scale real estate and community revitalization projects, neighborhood planning initiatives, and policies related to economic mobility, land use, and equitable development. He has also worked as an affordable housing and community development attorney and a non-profit management consultant.

David received an AB from Harvard College and a JD from Harvard Law School where he served as President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, focusing on anti-foreclosure and anti-eviction law and policy. He serves as a senior advisor to High Opportunity Neighborhood Partners and on the board of directors of StriveTogether.