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Director of Strategic Initiatives

Kara Williams


(315) 299-5210

Kara Williams is Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Allyn Family Foundation.  She has over 20 years’ experience designing and directing large, complex community health projects.   Previously, Kara was Senior Program Officer at the Health Foundation for Western & Central NY, where she led the Foundation's early childhood, policy and capacity building portfolios.  She has also directed clinical service delivery, health promotion and policy advocacy programs at the Onondaga County Health Department, and managed community-based participatory research at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine’s Division of Community Pediatrics.  In addition, she has overseen health journalism programs, trained law students in mediation and creative problem solving, and provided technical assistance to nonprofits in program design and evaluation, and strategic planning.  Kara is a 2014 Grantmakers In Health Terrance Keenan fellow and a 2009 fellow of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Ladder to Leadership program.   Kara holds a bachelor's degree from Vassar College and a Master of Public Health degree from San Diego State University.