Arlene Williams, BA, PhD., Member, Board of Directors

Dr. Arlene Williams serves on the Board of Directors for OJI Califco Consortium. Inc. Dr. Williams is an executive-level professional with extensive experience in development, government relations, project financing, operations, business and non-profit development. Dr. Williams is skilled in securing and managing federal, state, and local grants, and managing complex projects. She was responsible for securing more than $12 million in new resources over the course of her career for public infrastructure improvements, business development, and social programs. Extensive background in legislative advocacy for municipalities, strategic planning, and leading collaborations among multiple levels of government. Experienced in funder relations, including workout strategies and responding to audit findings. Broad background in business development, including; business planning, feasibility analysis, certifications, and finance. Developed and own a successful restaurant in downtown Culver City (second of two restaurants).

Dr. Williams served as Assistant City Manager for the City of Compton, CA. Managed Community Development Departments of the City, including Community Redevelopment Agency, Planning, Building & Safety, Local Housing Authority, and Economic & Resource Development, with combined budgets exceeding the US $50 million. Interfaced with developers and community members to bring new businesses to the City. Coordinated major projects, including; Compton Creek Regional Garden Park, Elderly Demonstration Grant, and Operation Redirection. Interfaced with local planning, operating, finance, and legal organizations to meet local requirements and create positive relationships with the community and civic leaders. Negotiated and managed consultant contracts. Co-coordinated City’s first major paid admission summer concert. The project included 10 major recording artists. The concert drew 2,500 people. Served as Project Manager for the City’s State and Federal lobbyists. Coordinated City’s first Financial Summit which included three simultaneous venues. Dr. Williams earned a BA Degree in Communication from Stanford University, an MBA from USC, and a DPA Degree in Planning and Policy from the University of Southern California.