2017 Citizen of the Year: Dudley N. Williams, Jr.

Dudley Williams – a passionate and involved member of the Stamford Community for 29 years – is known for his service and spirit, leadership and generosity. He is particularly known for working hard, often behind the scenes, with a range of city leaders, nonprofits, businesses, youth and other citizens, helping to ensure Stamford stays on a path of positive change, providing opportunity and quality of life for all of Stamford’s neighborhoods, and always with an eye on promoting forward-thinking, sustainable policymaking, especially in the education arena.

Dudley’s commitment to education and public service began as the parent of a child in the Stamford school system, and encouraged by friends and colleagues, he ran for a seat on the school board, where he served for three terms, including two as president. In addition to the Board of Education, he served on the Stamford Planning Board, and most recently, in 2015, was elected to the Board of Finance.

Over the years, Dudley has held leadership positions for numerous on nonprofits, including the Urban League of Southwestern Connecticut; CTE; United Way of Western Connecticut; Stamford Achieves; Nellie Mae Education Foundation; the Sexual Assault Crisis & Education Center; the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education; the Connecticut Science Center; the Boy Scouts of America, Connecticut Yankee Council, Stamford Troop 1. He currently serves on the boards of the Stamford YMCA; the Avon Theatre; Ferguson Library; the Connecticut Center for School Change; and Leadership Council for Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County.

Dudley is the President and CEO of the Mill River Collaborative, before which he served as the Stamford Y’s interim CEO. Prior to working in the nonprofit sector, Dudley had an extensive career in media and entertainment, education and business. He retired in 2016 from GE Asset Management as Senior Vice President of Citizenship & Diversity.

Dudley and his wife Juanita live in North Stamford where they raised their son, Dudley III.