David A. Williams

David A. Williams is the president and chief executive officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.[1] He was appointed to this position in 2005.


Williams graduated from Dallas High School and from the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a BBA and later attended at the University of Houston (Bauer College of Business), where he earned an MBA.[2]


Williams grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Houston, Texas after graduating college to work for Shell Oil Company. In Houston, he earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston. He worked for Shell for two years before going into the non-profit sector.[3]

Williams began his work in the nonprofit sector by working on the board of the Houston Food Bank. He then worked for ten years at Habitat for Humanity International where he became the Chief Operating Officer.[3]

In July 2006 he was appointed to the Helping to Enhance the Livelihood of People (HELP) Around the Globe Commission by President George W. Bush.[4]


  1. "Make-A-Wish Foundation: The President's message". Make A Wish Foundation. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  2. "David Williams, CEO of Make-A-Wish, Talks About Compassion Driven by Purpose on The CEO Show with Robert Reiss". PR.com. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  3. 1 2 "David Williams: Reflections on the COO Position". Bridgestar.com. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  4. "David A. Williams President & Chief Executive Officer". Make-A-Wish Foundation. Retrieved 30 November 2009.

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