Catherine Merrill Williams

President & Chief Executive Officer at Washingtonian Media, Inc.

Catherine Merrill Williams

Catherine Merrill Williams

President & Chief Executive Officer at Washingtonian Media, Inc.

Biography

Catherine Merrill Williams is President and Publisher of Washingtonian Media, a media company that includes the flagship, 47-year-old magazine, The Washingtonian, the national capital region's leading monthly with more than 300,000 readers and winner of five National Magazine Awards, and Washingtonian.com--the region's premier lifestyle website with popular blogs, an events calendar, restaurant and happy hour finders, and more--as well as Washingtonian Bride & Groom, a semi-annual wedding magazine which has won 2 Gold City and Regional Magazine awards, Washingtonian Custom Media, and Washingtonian Events.

From 2002 to 2007 Ms. Williams served as Director of Operations for Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), now part of Xerox, where she helped manage and collect 60 percent of the nation's tolls--$2.7 billion a year--including the majority of the E-ZPass network in the northeast. Prior to joining ACS, from 1995 to 2002 Ms. Merrill was a partner at Oliver Wyman, a world-wide management consulting firm where her clients included large companies in the telecommunications and media sectors.

Ms. Williams chairs the board of Visitors at the University of Maryland School of Journalism; is a member and former chapter chair of YPO (Young President's Organization); serves on the board of the Aspen Institute Socrates Society, the Federal City Council and The Merrill Family Foundation. She is a member of Cornell University Council and the Economics Club of Washington. She has appeared on CNN, CNN Headline News, FOX, MSNBC, as well as numerous local Washington stations.

She holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.

Ms. Williams resides in Washington, DC with her husband, Paul, and two sons. She enjoys sailing, skiing and travel.

Overview
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Washingtonian Media, Inc.

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Primary Location

Washington, DC, United States

Number of Boards

7

Interests

Sailing, Skiing, Travel

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President & Director at Merrill Foundation, Inc.

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Chairman at Merrill Foundation, Inc.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at The John Akridge Cos.

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Chief Executive Officer at Walker & Dunlop, Inc.

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Director at Reyes Holdings LLC

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Treasurer & Trustee at Ford's Theatre Society

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Former President at Occidental International Corp.

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Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director at The Federal City Council

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Former Executive Chairman at Ford's Theatre Society

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Director of Finance & Administration at Ford's Theatre Society

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Education
B.A.
Class of 1991

Cornell is a privately endowed research university and a partner of the State University of New York. As the federal land-grant institution in New York State, they have a responsibility—unique within the Ivy League—to make contributions in all fields of knowledge in a manner that prioritizes public engagement to help improve the quality of life in our state, the nation, the world.

Attendee
Class of 1987

TO PROVIDE EDUCATION TO STUDENTS YEARS PRE-K THROUGH TWELVE.

MSc

LSE was founded in 1895 and has grown to become one of the foremost social science universities in the world, ranked alongside Harvard, UC Berkeley and Stanford. A specialist university with an international intake, LSE's reach extends from its central London campus to around the world. The School has a cosmopolitan student body, with around 9,500 full time students from 140 countries It has a staff of just over 3,000, with about 46 per cent drawn from countries outside the UK Over 100 languages are spoken on LSE's campus An influential network of over 160,000 LSE alumni spans the world, covering over 190 countries with more than 80 active alumni groups.

Memberships
Member
Current

YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) connects people with successful young chief executives in a global network unlike any other. Founded in 1950 in New York City by a young president named Ray Hickok, the organization unites approximately 20,000 business leaders in more than 120 countries around a shared mission: Better Leaders Through Education and Idea Exchange. A great deal has changed since YPO’s founding but certain things have remained the same: the value of a peer network and trusted mentors, the importance of ongoing education, and the need for a “safe haven” where issues can be aired in an environment of confidentiality. Over the past six decades, YPO has maintained its core commitment to these ideals while embracing change with each successive generation of young business leaders.

Career History
President & Chief Executive Officer
Current
Director, Operations
2002 - 2007

Conduent Business Services LLC provides business process outsourcing and information technology services. Its services include cloud computing service, infrastructure, cloud consulting, virtual desktop infrastructure, private cloud deployment, hosted communications, customer care, document and data management, strategic advisory, construction and facilities, film and fiche processing, workflow integration, intelligent queue, mail processing, media conversion, managed print services, communication and marketing, capture, imaging, storage and retrieval services. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Dallas, TX.

Partner
1995 - 2002

Oliver Wyman Group provides management advice and consulting services. It offers actuarial, digital, procurement corporate finance and restructuring, risk management, strategic information technology capabilities. The firm serves the automotive, aviation, aerospace, business services, communications, media, technology, education, energy, and public sector. The company was founded in 1943 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
Current
Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$500 - $999
2013

Promoting global leadership through the exchange of ideas, people, and culture. Our mission is to create innovative exchange, education, cultural, and policy programs that advance three goals: Strengthen U.S. engagement with the world through the power of exchange Prepare public and private sector leaders for a complex global future Provide a neutral forum for international collaboration across sectors Our mission is achieved through: PUBLIC AND CULTURAL DIPLOMACY Meridian has been advancing the United States' public and cultural diplomacy efforts since 1960. Tens of thousands of international leaders have participated in our exchange programs designed to increase their understanding of the United States and the American people. Leadership Exchanges Meridian is the leading manager of the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange operation—the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) — and creates custom programs for other U.S. government agencies, as well as public and private sector organizations. Cultural Exhibitions Meridian’s Art for Cultural Diplomacy program creates opportunities for Washington, DC, national and international audiences to learn about other cultures through the eyes of visual and performing artists. Our exhibitions have traveled to 50 countries and 320 cities in 44 U.S. states. CONFERENCES, SEMINARS AND GLOBAL READINESS TRAINING Meridian’s unique convening platform provides tools and a methodology to leverage global peer networks, cross-sector exchanges, and knowledge sharing. These outcome-focused programs accelerate dialogue and help established and emerging leaders hone their talents, share their experience and realize sustained positive impact. PUBLIC PROGRAMS AND EVENTS Meridian stands at a neutral intersection of the public, private and diplomatic sectors, giving our public programs and events a depth and scope that is unique. From keynote speeches by some of the world’s top leaders to roundtable discussions on global challenges, we provide year-long opportunities for innovative exchanges of ideas on international issues.

$500 - $999
2012

Promoting global leadership through the exchange of ideas, people, and culture. Our mission is to create innovative exchange, education, cultural, and policy programs that advance three goals: Strengthen U.S. engagement with the world through the power of exchange Prepare public and private sector leaders for a complex global future Provide a neutral forum for international collaboration across sectors Our mission is achieved through: PUBLIC AND CULTURAL DIPLOMACY Meridian has been advancing the United States' public and cultural diplomacy efforts since 1960. Tens of thousands of international leaders have participated in our exchange programs designed to increase their understanding of the United States and the American people. Leadership Exchanges Meridian is the leading manager of the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange operation—the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) — and creates custom programs for other U.S. government agencies, as well as public and private sector organizations. Cultural Exhibitions Meridian’s Art for Cultural Diplomacy program creates opportunities for Washington, DC, national and international audiences to learn about other cultures through the eyes of visual and performing artists. Our exhibitions have traveled to 50 countries and 320 cities in 44 U.S. states. CONFERENCES, SEMINARS AND GLOBAL READINESS TRAINING Meridian’s unique convening platform provides tools and a methodology to leverage global peer networks, cross-sector exchanges, and knowledge sharing. These outcome-focused programs accelerate dialogue and help established and emerging leaders hone their talents, share their experience and realize sustained positive impact. PUBLIC PROGRAMS AND EVENTS Meridian stands at a neutral intersection of the public, private and diplomatic sectors, giving our public programs and events a depth and scope that is unique. From keynote speeches by some of the world’s top leaders to roundtable discussions on global challenges, we provide year-long opportunities for innovative exchanges of ideas on international issues.

$250K - $500K
2008

A division of The Johns Hopkins University, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students a truly international perspective on today’s critical issues. A presence on three continents sets SAIS apart and is one of our greatest strengths. We not only teach about the world, we are in the world. For seven decades, SAIS students have distinguished themselves by pursuing academic excellence in international relations. The school was established in Washington, D.C., in 1943, opened its campus in Europe, Italy, in 1955 and in 1986 initiated one of the ?rst Western university programs in the People’s Republic of China in Nanjing. A SAIS education combines the academic depth of a graduate school with the practical policy focus of a professional school. SAIS graduates are known for their interdisciplinary breadth and solid foundation in economics—prerequisites for a successful career in international relations. The result: innovative thinkers and problem-solvers with the economic and cultural expertise to confront complex global challenges.

Political Donations
$250
1995

Former Senator from Kansas

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