Andrea Williams


For fifteen years Andrea (Andi) was the Deputy Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)-funded Substance Abuse Policy Research program (SAPRP). This $66 million, 15-year flagship national program sought to stimulate and fund research on a variety of issues related to drug, alcohol, and tobacco policy. Impacts of the program included new policies to reduce substance use, strengthening of existing policies, and leveraging over $150,000,000 in additional funding for this work.

In her role as a Research Associate in the Department of Public Health Sciences, Section on Social Sciences and Health Policy at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, she designed and contributed to a number of research projects, including the national evaluation of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program, Spit Tobacco Evaluation, and the National Evaluation of the Free to Grow Program.

She served as the Deputy Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation–funded Executive Nurse Fellows program. This world-class leadership development program enhanced the effectiveness of nurse leaders to impact health and health care in the United States.

Current Role

Andi is currently the Health Sector Portfolio Leader for CCL’s Societal Advancement Group. In this role she is responsible for ensuring high quality delivery of CCL’s health sector programs, maintaining design quality, managing program margins, and supporting revenue generation. Her personal goal is to improve health outcomes in the United States through the development of health leaders. Current clients include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, and many others. Andi also is a CCL coach and faculty.

Educational Background

Andi earned a BA in Economics with a focus on health economics and an MAEd in Counseling, both from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.

Professional Affiliations

Andi has presented numerous times at the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the American Evaluation Association national conferences. She is currently a member of APHA. Andi is also working toward her certification as a meditation teacher and coach.

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