Sodiqa Williams

Safer Foundation - Sodiqa R. Williams

Sodiqa R. Williams, ESQ., Vice President, External Affairs and General Counsel

"We cannot rebuild high return communities experiencing high levels of unemployment, poverty and violence rates without restoring hope and creating opportunities for people with arrest or conviction records."

 

With a keen understanding of governmental and legislative processes, Sodiqa has been focused on government relations, public advocacy and constituent services for more a decade. Sodiqa joined Safer Foundation in 2014 as Associate Vice President for Policy and Strategy. She advocates locally and nationally to advance a progressive agenda for people with arrest or conviction records, including promoting policies and practices that reduce recidivism, eliminating barriers to reentry, creating opportunities in high skill and high wage jobs, and educating employers.

Sodiqa has a reputation for maintaining integrity in any situation. In 2016 she was named Vice President, External Relations, also overseeing Safer’s research & analysis, quality assurance, and marketing and communications initiatives. Starting in January 2018, Ms. Williams also became Safer’s General Counsel reviewing and approving the legal sufficiency of contractual activities, serving as the primary contact for outside counsel, and providing practical, knowledgeable and comprehensive legal counsel to Safer’s leadership.

Prior to joining Safer Foundation, she served as Speechwriter and Senior Advisor to two American Bar Association Presidents. Before that Sodiqa was a project manager at Conlon and Dunn Public Strategies, a public relations and government affairs firm. She also worked for 8th Ward Alderwoman Michelle Harris and then-Lt. Governor Pat Quinn, leveraging her aptitude for grasping the intricacies of city and state politics.

Sodiqa also served as an Obama Delegate and joined the Illinois Democratic Delegation in Charlotte, North Carolina for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Sodiqa earned her undergraduate degree In Politics (cum laude) from Princeton University. In May 2011, she received her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she earned a certificate in Environmental and Energy Law and received three CALI awards for the highest grade achieved in Legal Writing I, International Environmental Law and the Environmental Law Clinic. She was sworn into the Illinois bar on November 10, 2011 and is a member in good standing of the State Bar of Illinois.

Sodiqa serves on the board of Smart Policy Works & Faith In Place.

 

 
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