Ms. Deborah Williams has been actively involved in conservation and sustainable community issues for over 35 years, and is now focusing on global warming.
She received her B.A. from Pomona College, summa cum laude, with a concentration in Biology and Economics. Subsequently she was graduated from Harvard Law School, with honors, and was the principal founder of and co-editor-in-chief of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. After serving in the Department of Interior’s Solicitors Honors Program in Washington D.C., Ms. Williams represented the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska. Between 1981 and 1994, Ms. Williams practiced law and was also the Executive Director of the Alaska Consumer Advocacy Program and of the Alaska Lung Association.
In 1994, Ms. Williams received a Presidential appointment, and became the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Interior for Alaska, in which position she advised the Secretary about managing over 220 million acres of national lands. For over six years, Ms. Williams served as the Executive Director of the Alaska Conservation Foundation, winning many awards in that role. Currently, Ms. Williams is President of Alaska Conservation Solutions, an organization that is devoted entirely to addressing global warming.