Portrait of Paul Williams

Paul Williams

Board Chair

Executive Director, Project for Pride in Living

Paul Williams is President and CEO of Project for Pride in Living, Inc., one of Minnesota’s premier multi-service community development organizations. A Saint Paul native, Paul brings an extensive background in affordable housing, economic development, education, community organizing and diversity, equity and inclusion to PPL.

Prior to coming to PPL, Paul served as Saint Paul’s Deputy Mayor in the administration of Mayor Chris Coleman. He also spent 13 years leading community development investments for the Local Initiative Support Corp (LISC), both at the local and national levels. Paul began his career as a grantmaker, funding community development efforts for The Saint Paul Foundation and The Minneapolis Foundation. Paul is active on numerous community boards, serving as a Commissioner of both the Minnesota Ballpark Authority and the St. Paul Port Authority, as well as a Trustee and Chair of the F. R. Bigelow Foundation. He also served on the Governor’s Task Force on Housing and the board of the Destination Medical Center in Rochester. Paul holds a master’s degree from the Humphrey School and a BA in Government and Philosophy from Saint John’s University.