Erin Williams

Program Director - Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice
Global Fund for Women

As a radical listener, trust-based grantmaker, and change manager, I have nearly 20 years of experience advocating for social justice. Currently, as Global Fund for Women’s Program Director for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice (SRHRJ), I fund gender justice movements around the world actively fighting for abortion, LGBTQI and sex worker rights. I worked at the International Women’s Health Coalition, where I strategized side by side with activists to advance the SRHRJ of girls and young women in Cameroon, Nigeria, and Kenya. In addition, I support organizations to further embody feminist philanthropy and trust-based grantmaking, deepen institutional values, and I have developed and strengthened organizational culture task forces and other programs.

Prior to grantmaking, I lived in Botswana and worked with the World University Service of Canada. I conducted a gender analysis of a HIV testing and counseling program and partnered with women’s and queer rights organizations to reinvigorate the gender movement. I also served as the first Executive Director of the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women in Canada and worked to secure funding to support women with incarcerated dependents in Jamaica. I have direct intervention experience in women’s shelters, as a pregnancy options counselor, and as a youth sexuality educator.

I hold a BA in Communications and Ethics, Society and Law from the University of Toronto, a Master of Social Work from Carleton University, and a recent graduate certificate from Columbia University in Principles and Practices of Organization Development. I speak English and French, and can be found in yoga studios, on dance floors, or soaking in conscious theatre by fellow women of color. I’m motivated by cultivating relationships, and I try my best to live up to these words by Kay Ryan, “Intention doesn’t sweeten.”