Dr. Erma Brooks Williams
Dr. Erma Brooks Williams serves as Executive Administrator for the Law Offices of Paul L. Williams and 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. 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. At the Illinois General Assembly she served as a Budget Analyst.
Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Beverly Improvement Association; serves on the University of Illinois at Springfield Public Policy Alumni Advisory Council; Co-Chair of the African American Policy and Leadership Development Institute; serves as member of the Patricia Liddell Research Council; served on the Board of Vivian Harsh Advisory Board; served as a board member of the Black Policy Institute; served on Jackson Park Hospital Board of Trustees; and served on the City of Chicago Healthy Family Board. 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. Dr. Williams 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. She also served on the Local School Council at Morgan Park High School.
She is the author of Political Empowerment of Illinois African American Lawmakers from 1877 to 2005. She is writing the 2nd edition of her book. Dr. Williams is a regular columnist for TBT News, has written for various community newspapers, and she has appeared on local radio stations speaking on education issues.
She earned her doctorate degree from Roosevelt University, Master of Public Administration Degree from Roosevelt University, Bachelor 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.