April 5, 2024

The National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) is pleased to announce Phyllis Williams as the organization's new executive director. Williams currently serves as the Executive Director for the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE), the organization's largest affiliate group.

Following a comprehensive nationwide search, NABSE selected Williams based on her impressive experience in strategic non-profit organization management and fundraising skills.

"We asked our search firm, Ray & Associates, to identify candidates that could provide leadership and direction while also supporting the leadership and members of NABSE," said NABSE President Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney. "They not only found someone who met that description but presented a strong candidate with a deep passion for our mission -- furthering the academic success for the nation's children - particularly children of African descent. I am confident that Phyllis has the right skill set to lead the organization as it enters a New Tomorrow."

Williams brings broad professional experience and a distinguished background in organization management, fundraising, event planning, and financial auditing management to the organization at a time when NABSE is looking to grow its membership while balancing the need to ensure the organization's resources are used to move forward with conviction and urgency.

As the Executive Director of the TABSE since 2012, Williams has supported three presidents, streamlined conference planning, and increased membership while maximizing fundraising efforts through sponsorship and corporate donations. She has also developed new programming and stronger and more consistent communication with members throughout the state of Texas. In addition to this role, she has worked as a financial auditor, accountant, and analyst for Garland Independent School District.

"I strongly believe in the power of open communication and collaboration, and I am excited to learn from each leader and member as we embark on this journey together," said Williams. "I look forward to ensuring future generations of educators and students benefit from the exceptional opportunities provided by the premier international entity that is NABSE."

Williams assumes her role on April 8.

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Executive Director Response

As the newly appointed Executive Director of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, I extend my deepest gratitude to everyone within the organization, as well as to our extended family and friends. It is with great honor and humility that I accept this role, and I am fully committed to advancing our mission of promoting excellence and equity in education for Black students and educators.

I want to express my appreciation for the trust and confidence placed in me by the board of directors, staff members, and all stakeholders. Together, we will continue to work tirelessly to address the systemic barriers and inequities that hinder the success of Black educators and students across the nation.

I am eager to collaborate with every one of you to drive positive change, foster inclusivity, and advocate for policies and practices that uplift our communities. Your dedication and passion are the driving forces behind our collective efforts, and I am grateful for your unwavering commitment to our cause.

As we embark on this journey together, let us remain steadfast in our pursuit of educational excellence and social justice. With unity, determination, and resilience, I am confident that we will make meaningful strides towards a brighter future for Black school educators and students nationwide.

Thank you once again for your support, and I look forward to the incredible work that we will accomplish together.

Humbly Submitted,