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Joseph T. Williams, MPA

Joseph is the Director of Multicultural Programs. He is responsible for recruiting underrepresented minority medical and graduate students for the medical school. Mr. Williams is also Director of the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Summer Research Program.


Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine – Cleveland, Ohio 1996 - Present

Director, Office of Multicultural Programs

  • Responsible for recruitment of underrepresented minority medical students
  • Assist in recruiting and interviewing underrepresented minority graduate students into the Basic Science Training Program
  • Curriculum Leadership Council, Ex Officio
  • Project Director for Summer Medical Education Program ($300,000 annual budget)
  • Project Director for Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Research Program ($80,000 annual budget)
  • Project Director for the Minority Biomedical Research Training Program

Associate Director, Office of Minority Programs

  • Responsible for providing academic, financial, and emotional support for minority medical students.
  • Coordinator of summer premedical program for minority undergraduate students.
  • Coordinator of summer biomedical research training program for minority undergraduate and medical students.

The Urban League of Greater Cleveland – Cleveland, Ohio 1993 to 1995

Project Director, The Rising Tide Initiative

  • Planned, designed, and implemented a $1 million pre-training and
  • Pre-employment program targeted for unemployed and underemployed African-American males.

Vice President, Health and Education

  • Responsible for planning, quality control, evaluation, and funding for more than a dozen health and education programs and projects with a total budget of more than $500,000.
  • Designed award winning Summer Youth Math Camp.
  • Led development of parental involvement program.
  • Represented the League on numerous boards and commissions.

The George Gund Foundation – Cleveland, Ohio 1990-1992

Program Officer

  • Responsible for evaluation and making funding recommendations on Elementary, secondary, and higher education proposals. Educational grants for 1991 totaled $4.3 million.
  • Initiated a review and analysis of the disparity in academic achievement between black and white students in two local school districts.
  • Increased the Foundation’s involvement with suburban school districts undergoing demographic change.
  • Assisted in the review of the Foundation’s civic affairs agenda.

State of Ohio, Governor’s Washington Office – Washington, DC 1983-1989

Assistant Director

  • Provide advice to Governor and represent him on a host of human services, health, education and housing issues.
  • Assisted in increasing the percent of federal dollars allocated to the State of Ohio by Congress.
  • Major role in preventing federal effort to require state and local employees to pay Medicare tax.
  • Over three year period, successfully delayed state payment of more than $30 million in fines and penalties to the federal government.

Children’s Defense Fund – Washington, DC 1979-1983

Program Associate

  • Policy analyst for Head Start and other child development programs
  • Assisted in designing strategy to involve more minority organizations in child advocacy activities.
  • Authored, Give More Children a Head Start, It Pays. This short book examines the success of several Head Start programs across the country.
  • Assisted in the reauthorization of the Head Start program in 1981

United Presbyterian Church/National Office – New York, New York 1978-1979

Hunger Public Policy Intern

  • Responsible for keeping abreast of hunger and agriculture issues of interest to the church.
  • Developed and implemented telephone free to alert Presbyterians on Congressional actions of interest.
  • Led workshops for Presbyterian Hunger Task Forces across the United States


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; 1989-1990

John F. Kennedy School of Government

Master of Public Administration, 1990

The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio; 1974-1978

BA in English, 1978. Waldo Dunn Prize in English


National Association of Minority Medical Educators (NAMME)

Treasurer, Central Region NAMME


FHC Housing Corporation, Vice President, Board of Trustees

Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services,

President, Advisory Board

Church of the Redeemer, Finance Committee


Genet Med. 2003 Jan-Feb;5(1):49-54. Attitudes of African American premedical students toward genetic testing and screening.