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Julian Williams

Evaluation Officer, Evaluation and Learning

Julian Williams


Julian supports the Foundation’s evaluation activities by collaborating with program teams, leadership, and external partners, to support evaluation design, implementation, and reporting. 

Before joining the Foundation, Julian was Senior Partnerships Manager at the Partnership for College Completion (PCC), where he led a team that worked with Illinois’ colleges and universities to eliminate gaps in degree completion by race and socioeconomic status through equity-centered programming and coaching for administrators, staff, and faculty. Prior to PCC, he was CEO and Research Evaluation Consultant at Institution Builders, Inc., an independent consulting company that worked with nonprofits, government agencies, school districts, and foundations to improve important aspects of their work.

Julian has a PhD and MEd in Educational Policy Studies with a Concentration in Evaluation from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign as well as a BA in Educational Studies and in English Literature from Denison University. Julian is a proud Chicago Public Schools graduate, a Posse Scholar, a Diversifying Faculty in Illinois Fellow, and a Chicago Surge Fellow.

Julian is an advisory board member of the Pathways Initiative, a collaborative to strengthen the diversity of the Chicago area evaluation field by increasing the recruitment, training, and retention of culturally responsive and equity-focused evaluators of color in the Chicago region.   

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