PPL Announces New Leadership


New Leader Will Build On Spirit of Collaboration & Community Empowerment

Project for Pride in Living’s (PPL) Board of Directors is excited to announce Paul Williams as the organization’s fourth executive director in its 42-year history.  Williams presently serves as the City of St. Paul’s Deputy Mayor where he’s focused on several initiatives, including education, economic development, transit and sustainability; he also oversees the day-to-day operations of the City.  Williams will transition to his new leadership role as PPL Executive Director on April 21, 2014.

“The board is excited to partner with Paul to advance the great work of this well-respected multiservice agency, ensuring it remains an innovative community resource for low-income families and individuals in the Twin Cities,” said Walter Rockenstein, PPL Board Chair.Paul’s vision and passion for community development as well as his collaborative approach are a good fit for PPL as we look to the future.”

Williams brings an extensive background in the nonprofit, public and private sectors to his new leadership role. He has spent his career focused on creating partnerships and building community in the Twin Cities and across the country.  For 10 years, Williams spearheaded community development investments for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) at the local level as Executive Director of Twin Cities LISC, and for five years as LISC’s national Senior Vice President where he directed LISC’s operations in 30 cities across the country.  He also spent a decade in philanthropy, serving as a grant maker with both the Minneapolis and St. Paul community foundations as well as Vice President of Allocations for the United Way of the St. Paul Area.

“I am thrilled to be joining PPL,” states Williams.  “It is such an honor for me be selected to help carry out the stellar work of this impressive organization. I am passionate about community building work, so the breadth and depth of PPL’s multifaceted approach to build strong families and communities is really compelling to me.”

 “Paul has been a true asset to my administration and to the City of St. Paul,” said Mayor Coleman.  “I’m thankful for his countless contributions over the past three years that have been at the heart of making St. Paul the most livable City in America.  I’ve long admired the good work of PPL in St. Paul and throughout the Twin Cities, and I look forward to working with PPL—and Paul—in the future.”

Williams joins PPL as its fourth executive director, succeeding Steve Cramer who resigned in October 2013 and now leads the Minneapolis Downtown Council and Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District.

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