Jason Williams received his B.A. degree in political science from Boston College. After graduating, Jason joined Teach For America (TFA) and taught 6th grade Math and Science in East Oakland. In 1999, he was nominated for California’s Middle School Teacher of the Year Award. He was also elected to the California Teachers’ Association State Council of Education, where he assisted in drafting legislation to address issues of educational disparity.
From 2000 – 2005, Jason Williams served as Executive Director of Teach For America in Phoenix. During his tenure, local funding for the program doubled, teacher placements increased 150%, and the number of schools and districts partnering with TFA increased 100%. In addition, the Phoenix program went from TFA’s lowest to its highest performing region in the U.S. And, under the No Child Left Behind law, Jason was able to provide additional leadership by facilitating Arizona’s first successful alternative certification model for credentialing teachers.
In 2006, Jason Williams secured the Democratic Party nomination for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction in the primary election with 54% of the statewide vote, and a majority of votes in 14 of 15 counties. In the general election, he received more votes than any other non-incumbent Democrat in the closest of all the statewide races. Jason’s broad, diverse, grassroots campaign was endorsed by several community leaders, business executives, and community organizations including the Tucson Citizen, Arizona Education Association, Arizona AFL-CIO, Progressive Democrats of America, Planned Parenthood, and the Arizona Human Rights Fund.
Today, Jason Williams is excited to continue his work to ensure educational equity and excellence for all children in Arizona through various endeavors. Currently, Jason serves as the Managing Partner of BlueDynamic, Founder of AZ School Works, and as a member of several Boards of Directors and Advisory Committees including College Depot, Communities In Schools, Genesis City, George Gervin Prep Academy and Phoenix Collegiate Academy.