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, How the philanthropic sector can best support legislative advocacy

Bio: Maggie develops the curriculum for the Advocacy Institute. She is the lead trainer, and oversees the development of relationships with partner organizations and funders. For nearly two decades, Maggie has worked to support progressive policy issues as a lawyer, legislative counsel, and advocate. She has extensive experience with community organizing and working to ensure that all communities have their voices heard in the political and legislative process.

Prior to starting the Advocacy Institute, Maggie applied her experience collaborating with grassroots organizations to analyzing and drafting legislation and making policy decisions in the New York State Senate. During the Democratic majority of the State Senate, Maggie 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. Before joining the Senate, Maggie worked as an advocate on criminal justice issues at the Correctional Association of New York and The Bronx Defenders.

Maggie holds a B.A. from Yale College and J.D. from Columbia Law School and is a student and teacher of somatics. She currently serves on the board of directors of the North Star Fund and lives in Brooklyn, NY with her partner.

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.