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Cindi Williams

Cindi Williams, PRINCIPAL

Cindi Williams has been in the education reform trenches for the past decade working alongside some of the most disruptive and innovative thinkers in the space. She has focused primarily on communications and advocacy strategy and has had the privilege at HCM Strategists of building a team of like-minded professionals that are steeped in research and share the goal of creating a more effective and equitable K-12 system. Cindi leads HCM’s work with a remarkable group of mission driven clients and partners, such as the Collaborative for Student Success, Learning Heroes, the US Chamber Foundation, Student Achievement Partners, the College Board, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and CCSSO.

Prior to joining HCM, Cindi was the Director of Communications for the US Program at the Gates Foundation, Senior Adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications at the US Department of Education, and a Special Assistant in the White House Office of Public Liaison. She has served in leadership roles on presidential and gubernatorial campaigns as well as on Capitol Hill. She was appointed by the Washington State Legislature to the Washington Charter Commission and also serves locally on both the STAND for Children and CRPE boards. Cindi and her husband, Tony, reside in Bellevue, WA with their two boys.


I am inspired to do this work by the ridiculously successful outcomes I have witnessed in high performing charter schools. At the US Department of Ed, the Gates foundation and now as a member of the Washington State Charter Commission, I have seen some of the best charter schools in our country serving students who had previously not had access to either high expectations or high quality instruction, and I know that if those two things were possible for every kid, our nation’s students would be thriving. I have seen the arcane, bureaucratic, adult-driven decision making that takes place in our worst school districts contrasted with the nimble, personalized, student-driven decision making that takes place in our best charter schools and networks, and the results are mind-blowing. The goal is not for every school to be a charter, but for the best of charters to show up in a system that has not changed significantly in 100 years.