Jessica Williams

Director of Grants

Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams, MSW, M.A., Director of Grants, brings 13+ years of experience to LAPA Fundraising as a seasoned grants fundraising leader in the fields of health care strategy, long-term care, behavioral health, Federally Qualified Health Centers, public health, senior services, developmental disabilities, homeless services, HIV, maternal and infant health, education, and youth and family development.

Trained as a social worker in nonprofit management, Jessica applies a program planning and development framework to grants fundraising with technical expertise and experience in social determinants of health, logic models, the outcomes framework, project management, and health care product development and innovation.  

Prior to coming to LAPA Fundraising, Jessica served as Director of Government Grants and Institutional Strategy at Visiting Nurse Service of New York, as well as similar roles at LAPA Fundraising, Good Shepherd Services, GMHC, and AHRC Healthcare. In these roles, Jessica transformed how organizations evaluate potential funding opportunities and deploy new grant-funded programs in ways that advance the organizations’ strategic objectives and respective missions.

Jessica recently graduated with a second master’s degree (M.A.) from Wesleyan University’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance, where she studied alternative discourse for social work and social justice. She is also the cofounder and cohost of Pod de Deux, an independent podcast about dance (poddedeux.com).

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“Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” – John Lewis