Maggie Williams

The Advocacy Institute

Key Topics: Effective legislative advocacy in NYC and State, Legislative campaign strategies, Political organizing in NYC and State, Why it’s important to support grassroots organizing.

Bio: Maggie co-founded the Advocacy Institute that provides trainings on legislative advocacy to social justice organizations in New York City and State. Maggie is on the Leadership Team of the New Yorkers for Social Justice PAC, a political action committee dedicated to cross-class leadership and to creating both immediate and transformative change.

From 2009 - 2011 Maggie worked in the NYS Senate and was lead counsel on two key bills that were signed into law — then Senator Eric Schneiderman’s bill to end prison-based gerrymandering and Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson’s bill to establish no-fault divorce. Prior to joining the Senate, Maggie worked as an advocate on criminal justice issues at the Correctional Association of New York and The Bronx Defenders. Maggie currently serves on the Board of Directors of the North Star Fund as well as Action for the Common Good.

She holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. from Yale University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Selected Speaking Experience

  • Organizing New York 2.0 – Two Workshops.
  • New Yorkers for Social Justice PAC – Event.
  • Partnering for Impact Conference – Panel.
  • NY Association of Training and Employment Professionals – Workshop.
  • Association of Neighborhood and Housing Development – Workshop.