Warren G. Williams, III
Creative Senior Consultant
Warren G. Williams, III is a seasoned arts administrator and champion for expanding arts participation among underrepresented communities as a catalyst for social impact.
He served as Interim Director of Music Education at the John. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he was responsible for advancing the music training programs of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington National Opera. In this role, he helped to provide more professional development opportunities for BIPOC students pursuing careers in the classical music field.
As Director of Education at the Oakland Symphony, Mr. Williams launched the organization’s first equity, diversity and inclusion internal audit, engaging board, staff, musicians, and external consultants, in dialogues to shift organizational culture. Mr. Williams served as Manager of Community Relations for the National Symphony Orchestra, assisting with strategic planning, project management and community programming. He established the annual In Your Neighborhood performance series, curated in collaboration with over 20 community partners, to deepen the orchestra’s civic engagement.
While in Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Williams worked at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Sphinx Organization, and University Musical Society, building community and school partnerships that address the lack of representation of African Americans and Latinos in the arts. He served on numerous multidisciplinary grant review panels for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
He is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, holding a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with an emphasis in accounting. Mr. Williams enjoys playing piano and singing, and is a church musician.
“We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.”
~John F. Kennedy