Billy M. Williams (he, him, his) is the senior vice president for ethics, diversity, and inclusion at AGU.
Williams was the principal investigator and lead organizer for the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded workshop, Sexual Harassment in the Sciences: A Call to Respond, and serves as a co-principal investigator on the 2017 NSF grant, ADVANCE Partnership: From the Classroom to the Field: Improving the Workplace in the Geosciences.
He currently serves as the principal investigator on Catalyzing Cultural Change in the Sciences with New Resources and Tracking Tools, a project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Williams was a member of the 2017-2018 National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Impact of Sexual Harassment in Academic Science, Engineering and Medicine, as well as the 2019-2020 Committee on Increasing the Number of Women in STEMM.
Prior to joining AGU in 2012, he served as a senior program officer at the National Academy of Sciences and as a global research and development director at Dow Chemical Company.
Williams serves on the Advisory Board for the STEMM Equity Achievement (SEA) Change Initiative at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also co-led the development of the Societies Consortium on Addressing Harassment in STEMM, which is an initiative to advance professional ethics, conduct, climate and culture.