Dr. Erma Brooks Williams serves as Vice President of Paul L. Williams & Associates.
Prior to joining the firm, she served as Associate to the President for the Board of Trustees and Governmental Affairs at Chicago State University. As the Board of Trustees Administrator, she was responsible for: numerous presidential searches; worked with the legal counsel in developing the university by-laws, rules and regulations; coordinated board retreats and involved with the strategic planning process; conducted new member orientations; and conducted training on changes to the Illinois Open Meetings Act and Ethics Act.
Prior to joining Chicago State University, she served in various executive level positions in the Chancellor’s Office at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Dr. Williams served as Special Assistant for Education to the late Congressmen Harold Washington, Chicago’s first African American mayor, and Congressman Charles Hayes. She also served as a Budget Analyst for Illinois General Assembly.
Dr. Williams has written for various community newspapers and has appeared on local radio stations speaking on education issues. Former Illinois State Senate President Emil Jones, Jr. appointed her to serve on the Advisory Council of The Illinois Commission on Brown v. Board of Education. She also served on the Presidential Lincoln Library and Museum State Craft Advisory Commission, which focuses on preserving the archives of former Illinois legislators and governors. Dr. Williams served on the Local School Council at Morgan Park High School.
Dr. Williams is the author of Political Empowerment of Illinois African American Lawmakers from 1877 to 2005.
She earned her doctorate degree from Roosevelt University, Master’s of Public Administration Degree from Roosevelt University, Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield, Illinois and an Associate of Arts Degree in Journalism from Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois, where she graduated with honors.