Nat Chokie Williams PH. D - Advancement Project - Advancement Project

Nat Chokie Williams PH. D

Executive Director, Hill-Snowdon Foundation

As Executive Director, Nat Chioke Williams leads the Hill-Snowdon Foundation in its philanthropic and programmatic work, operations, and partnerships within the community. Nat manages HSF’s Youth Organizing and Fund for DC programs. He is also responsible for developing learning and leveraging opportunities in these program areas. Nat served as the co-chair for the Funders Collaborative for Youth Organizing as the organization established itself in the field. Nat led the development of and served as the co-chair for Grantmakers for Southern Progress, a network of local, regional, and national funders committed to leveraging resources to help build a vibrant and enduring infrastructure for social justice in the US South. In response to the racial justice uprisings of 2020, Nat is leading the development of the Freedom Funders – a philanthropic community of purpose, will, support and action dedicated to building a philanthropy for Black Freedom and Liberation. Nat is also currently serving on the Tides Advocacy Board.

Nat has over twenty years of funding experience and has focused on community organizing, youth organizing, Black-led organizing, and social justice organizing in the US South. His background also includes research on the socio-political development of African American youth activists, social movements, social oppression and liberation psychology; tenant organizing, and non-profit management consulting. Additionally, Nat has served as Assistant Professor of Black Studies for the State University of New York at New Paltz, Senior Program Associate for Community Resource Exchange in New York City, and Director of Organizing for the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board in New York City. Nat holds a B.A. in Psychology from Morehouse College, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in Community Psychology from New York University.