Candace Williams is from the small Delta town of Elaine, Arkansas. Before working for Rural Community Alliance, she was employed by USDA Delta Obesity Prevention Research Unit where her work encompassed evaluating the role of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in preventing obesity in the Lower Mississippi Delta regions of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. She holds a degree in Family and Consumer Science from the University of Central Arkansas and is a 2017 graduate of the Community Development Institute-Central.
She served as Rural Community Alliance’s first youth board member, starting in 2007 until the time she became a staff member in 2013. As Executive Director of Rural Community Alliance, she works to empower rural community members to improve and create change in their schools and communities. Rural Community Alliance works in state, regional, and national coalitions to promote equitable education and rural prosperity.
Williams currently serves as a board member of the Arkansas Community Development Society. She also serves on the UCA CDI Advisory Committee. She’s mom to an 8-year-old, Caleb.