Kedda M. Williams
Kedda is the Deputy Director of the Opportunity Institute’s P-12 program where she holds an internal leadership role focused on organizational strategic planning, fundraising, and administration. Kedda continues to act as Senior Program Director of State and Local Networks where she leads the development and implementation of national-level policy guidance that seeks to advance equity through meaningful stakeholder engagement at the state and local levels.
Kedda’s program work includes providing technical assistance and support to state educational agencies, district and school leadership, research, advocacy, civil rights, and community-based organizations; building and maintaining strategic partnerships; designing and supporting national, state, and regional convenings; and presenting, facilitating, and training on a variety of education equity issues.
Before joining the Opportunity Institute, Kedda was a senior policy advisor for EducationCounsel LLC where she worked on a range of education policy issues including those related to accountability, assessments, and school climate and culture. Prior to her work with Education Counsel, she worked for the New Jersey Department of Education as Director of Strategic Communications and Partnerships, and as a consultant to Newark Public Schools in the areas of college and career readiness, opportunity youth re-engagement, and new school operations.
Kedda received her B.S. in Communication Studies from New York University, her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and her M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.