Paul Williams Appointed as Deputy Mayor
Mayor Coleman Appoints Paul Williams as Deputy Mayor
SAINT PAUL – Mayor Coleman announced today that he has appointed Paul Williams as the new Saint Paul Deputy Mayor. Williams succeeds Ann Mulholland, who is leaving to serve as the new vice president of grants and programs for the Minnesota Foundation and the Saint Paul Foundation. Williams, who previously worked as senior vice president of field strategies and development for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), will assume his duties as Deputy Mayor on January 3. Current Office of Financial Services Director Margaret Kelly will serve as interim Deputy Mayor. “The role of Deputy Mayor is not an easy one to fill, but I have no doubt that Paul is the right person at the right time. His proven track record in management and innovative leadership shows he is more than capable of carrying on Ann Mulholland’s tradition of excellent fiscal policy, strong management and community partnership. Paul will be instrumental in cultivating community partners as well as furthering Saint Paul as a national leader on education, sustainability, and focusing on the basics – keeping the streets safe and our parks, libraries and recreation systems strong,” Mayor Chris Coleman said. “As a long time admirer of the Mayor’s leadership and vision for the City, I am thrilled to be joining the Coleman administration. From the Central Corridor to Promise Neighborhoods, it isn’t hard to see that there is amazing progress taking place all over the city. As I take on this new challenge, I look forward to working with residents, the community and City employees as we continue to make Saint Paul the Most Livable City in America,” Paul Williams said. Williams will bring an extensive background in public, private and non-profit sectors to his role as Deputy Mayor. Born and raised in Saint Paul, Williams has spent his career focused on creating partnerships and building community. In his current role with LISC, he has spearheaded community development as a grant maker and lender. Promoted from LISC Twin Cities Executive Director to a national leadership role in 2006, Williams provided support to 30 major urban areas across the country as well as managing a $75 million operating budget. After earning a bachelors degree in Government and Philosophy from Saint John’s University, Williams graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1987 with a Masters in Public Affairs. He served as vice president and senior manager of fund distribution for the United Way of the Saint Paul Area from 1989-1992 before starting as a program officer with the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Foundations. These positions provided Williams with the opportunity to hone his community development skills as he implemented grant making initiatives aimed at reducing child poverty, neighborhood revitalization, economic development and education. In addition to this work, Williams has held leadership positions on various community boards, including: African American Leadership Forum, Family Housing Fund, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Saint Paul Community Development Agenda Task Force and the Minnesota State Arts Board.