President/ CEO, Freddy Williams
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Freddy Williams is a Boys & Girls Club alum who brings many years of experience and proven non-profit success to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast. He has been involved in Boys & Girls Club capacities ranging from junior staff member as a teenager, to serving as a volunteer and unit board member in college, to serving as a Club Director. Prior to joining the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast, Freddy served as the CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties and the Director of Operations of the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County. His work with the Boys & Girls Club Movement has been recognized with multiple national awards for program development, marketing efforts, fundraising success, and board development. He also brings valuable experience as a former political strategist where he developed skills in comprehensive marketing, complex data analysis, and strategic planning.
Freddy also serves on the National Advisory Committee for Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Government Relations department, is the former Executive Secretary of the Florida Area Council of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, is a national trainer for board development, and is an executive coach and mentor for new CEOs in the Southeast region for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He has also served as a program consultant for United Way World Wide and has developed high school graduation and family engagement strategies in partnership with Harvard University’s Family Research Project.
Freddy is a graduate of Harvard University’s Organizational Performance Measurement and Effective Management Program and has undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Mass Communications from the University of Florida. Freddy was named a Robert W. Woodruff fellow while earning his Masters of Business Administration from Florida International University. Freddy has formal post graduate training in Public Administration with a focus in Non-Profit Management from the University of Central Florida. He also received post graduate certificates in Non-Profit Leadership and Innovation from Arizona State University and Fundraising Management from the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.
He married his college sweetheart, Melissa Finley Williams, who is a Pinellas County native and is the principal attorney at Finley Williams Law Firm specializing in estate planning, business law, and elder law. In his spare time, Freddy enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, watching football, boating, fishing, playing golf, and traveling.