Founder & Executive Director
An unwavering education advocate, Abby Williams has been dedicated to eliminating inequities in the educational system for the past two decades. Growing up, Abby and her two siblings were raised by their mother, a single parent, who worked as many as three jobs to make a better life for her children. Her mother’s steadfast determination left an impression on Abby about the value of education. Abby went on to earn a full academic scholarship at Southern Methodist University (SMU) and graduate summa cum laude.
Abby has not forgotten her roots and believes that strong public education is the key to lifting up today’s children and tomorrow’s communities. As the founder and executive director of United to Learn, she unites the North Dallas community to create meaningful opportunities for all students to learn and lead.
Before launching United to Learn, Abby served as Vice President and Director of Charitable Services for Goldman Sachs & Co. where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the firm’s annual giving efforts totaling $25 million worldwide. To bridge her for-profit experience with the needs in the nonprofit sector, she worked as a community development consultant after leaving Goldman Sachs.
Among her community activities, Abby and her husband, Todd, helped found the Uplift Williams Preparatory School, a K-12 free tuition public charter school operated by Uplift Education that educates 1,200 primarily low-income children in northwest Dallas. Abby remained actively involved with the school, serving on the Uplift Education Board of Trustees. She also participated in the Fellows Program of Leadership ISD and served on its Board of Directors.
Abby currently serves on the Board of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and SMU’s Cox School of Business Executive Council. She and her husband, Todd, are lead sponsors of the Commit! Partnership. She has also served as a board member for Dallas CASA, Teach For America DFW, Dallas Women’s Foundation and the North Dallas High School Community Board, as well as an Advisory Council member for the Austin College GO! Forum.
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