The Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design recently welcomed Rashidah Williams as assistant director.
An architect, urban planner, and graphic designer, Williams comes to Small Center with a keen sense of how design can serve as a catalyst for systemic change in the built environment. As the owner and principal of the graphic design firm, Rashidah Williams Design LLC, she brings cross-disciplinary experience in leading community engaged projects for nonprofits, local government and private companies.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Williams has always been passionate about the transformation of underserved communities and the evolution of their residents. A graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, Williams holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Howard University and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Miami. As a community advocate, she has served on the boards of the Urban Conservancy and the Community Engagement Team for the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance.
In her role as assistant director, Williams will oversee staff in the daily operations of Small Center, including identifying and pursuing funding, managing all active budgets, grantwriting, and maintaining donor and foundation relationships with local and national funders.