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L’Tanya L. Williamson was appointed Acting Director of the Department of Child and Family Well-Being on September 13, 2010, having previously served as Chief of Staff at the department where she handled a wide range of staff and community issues. Ms. Williamson has over thirty years of administrative, supervisory and grant writing experience and has extensive knowledge of fund development, strategic planning, program development, and relationship building among non-profits, community based organizations and state and local entities.

Before joining the Department of Child and Family Well-Being, Ms. Williamson was Associate Executive Director of the Leaguers, Inc., a non-profit organization with over 50 years of service to the Newark and Irvington communities, providing opportunities to enhance the quality of life for children and their families as a Head Start and Abbott provider.

Ms. Williamson previously worked at the United Way of Essex and West Hudson as the Assistant Vice President for Resource Investment. In that capacity, she was responsible for the annual distribution of $5,000,000 to community-based organizations throughout United Way of Essex and West Hudson’s service area. In addition to fund distribution, Ms. Williamson worked to establish vision councils that consisted of collaborating groups of agencies working in specific community need areas. She is most proud of forming United Way’s Substance Abuse Vision Council The Bridge to Recovery. Ms. Williamson is recognized in the publication “The Nimble Collaboration” for her work in collaboration and partnership building.

Ms. Williamson served as Team Leader for United Way’s Strategic Investment Team, the staff group that addressed the strategic investment of United Way of Essex and West Hudson resources. She also developed and designed an award winning Gifts in Kind Program, distributing over $4,000,000 in personal care and clothing products annually to non-profit organization.

Ms. Williamson is a Fellow of both the Project Leadership Development Program and Leadership Newark. She is a member of St. Matthew AME Church, the NAACP, and North Jersey Chapter of the Links, Inc. In addition to receiving numerous honors and awards she also sits on many boards and committees.