David Williams

Policy Director

Before joining Opportunity Insights, David A. Williams served as a senior advisor to the Mayor of Detroit, Mike Duggan. David was a member of the Mayor’s economic development team, managing large-scale real estate and community revitalization projects, neighborhood planning initiatives, and policies related to economic mobility, land use, and equitable development.

He received a JD from Harvard Law School where he served as President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, focusing much of his energy on anti-foreclosure and anti-eviction law and policy. He also worked with the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa in Cape Town on anti-corruption initiatives.

After law school, David joined Klein Hornig, a Boston law firm that specializes in affordable housing and community development. David has also worked as a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton and focused his practice on non-profit and government clients. He also served as a strategist for the global non-profit Coaches Across Continents and volunteered in Malawi.

David received an AB from Harvard College where he competed on the Men’s Varsity Soccer Team and attended the Universidade Catolica de Salvador and the Universidade Federal da Bahia where he researched issues related to community building and cultural identity in Salvador da Bahia, Brasil.