Prior to joining the State Board, Trish Williams served 19 years as the Executive Director of EdSource. Williams now divides her time between her State Board service, consulting, and other projects.
While at EdSource Williams led the growth of the agency's policy, research, and communications work into a wide range of current K-14 policy, practice, and reform issues, and extended the agency's reach throughout California and nationally. In addition to her Executive Director role, she served as the project lead for a series of large-scale survey studies, including the landmark Gaining Ground in the Middle Grades study released in February 2010, and an 8th grade student Algebra placement and proficiency analysis released later that same year.
Before working at EdSource, Williams served as a presidential management fellow and then as a management analyst for three years in Washington D.C. at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She subsequently served eight years as a program and policy consultant to the director of the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth.
Originally from Oklahoma, Williams lived in California's Silicon Valley area from 1990-2011. The first in her family to attend college, Williams holds a bachelor's degree in English literature and a master's degree in urban studies and public policy from the University of Tulsa in her hometown.