Aaron Williams

Senior Advisor, Government Relations

Aaron S. Williams


  • MBA, Marketing and International Business, University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • BS, Geography/Education, Chicago State University.

Aaron Williams provides expertise and support for efforts to strengthen RTI’s relationship with federal and state government agencies, policymakers, and elected officials. In this role, he draws on his extensive experience with both RTI and the federal government.

Mr. Williams joined RTI in 2003, as vice president of international business development, and held that position until 2009. He served as executive vice president of RTI’s international development group from 2012-2015, then stepped in as executive vice president for government relations and corporate communications. 

His long and distinguished career in public service and the private sector began with three years of service as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. He served as a senior official at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he reached the rank of career minister in the Senior Foreign Service. In 2009 he was appointed by President Barack Obama as Director of the U.S. Peace Corps, serving in that role through 2012.

Mr. Williams has extensive experience in the strategic design and management of assistance programs in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He is a frequent lecturer and panelist on international development topics at universities, research and policy institutes, and at US and global conferences.

Mr. Williams is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and board member of the Ron Brown Scholar Program. Previously he served on the boards of directors of CARE, the National Peace Corps Association, and the Institute for Sustainable Communities. His awards include the USAID Distinguished Career Service Award and the Presidential Award for Distinguished Service. He served on the Obama-Biden transition team, and was appointed in 2015 by President Obama as U.S. Alternative Representative to the Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).