Carlis V. Williams serves as the Southeast Regional Administrator for the Department of Health and Human Services/Administration for Children and Families (ACF) based in Atlanta, Georgia. She was the former Chairperson of the Atlanta Federal Executive Board. The Southeast Region consists of eight states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Before assuming her present position, Ms. Williams served as the Executive Assistant to the Governor for Health and Human Services in the State of Indiana. She was the Governor's chief policy advisor in these areas and had responsibility for five major agencies: Family and Social Services Administration, the State Department of Health, the Governor's Council on Disabilities, the Governor's Council on Protection and Advocacy and the Governor's Council on Sports and Fitness. Under her leadership, Indiana registered over 120,000 children during the first year of their Children’s Health Insurance Program, Hoosier Healthwise. She has served as Deputy Director for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Family and Children, and was responsible for programs related to family resources: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Food Stamps, Medicaid, JOBS, Housing and Community Services, and lead responsibility for the design and implementation of welfare reform in the state.
She received numerous awards including the prestigious Governor of Indiana Council of the Sagamores of the Wabash Award for service to the citizens of Indiana; Georgia State University’s National Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren award for untiring efforts in support of grandparent-headed families; Spelman College Innovation Award for the professional development of Head Start and Child Care Teachers in Region IV; National Partnership for Community Leadership Judge David Gray Ross Award for Strengthening Families and Father Involvement in the Public Sector; and the Mayor of the City of Atlanta Georgia Award for Commitment to the Children & Youth of the City.
Ms. Williams is a graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Master of Art Degrees in Social Psychology and Counseling and Guidance. She is a mother and grandmother and loves reading, music and the theater. If asked her philosophy of life, she will say, "Giving is better than receiving…if we all give, everyone wins!"