Erin Williams

Program Director, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Erin Williams [she/her/elle] is the Program Director for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at Global Fund for Women.

As the Program Director for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Erin oversees its Reclaiming Technology for Feminist Liberation strategy and its Crisis grantmaking. Erin is also the co-chair of Staff Council. As a radical listener, trust-based grantmaker, and change manager, she has 20 years of experience fighting for social, gender and racial justice. Previously, at the International Women’s Health Coalition, Erin strategized with grantee partners to advance the SRHR of girls and young women in Cameroon, Nigeria, and Kenya. In addition, Erin introduced the Coalition to “trust-based grantmaking” and advocated internally to deepen its institutional value alignment particularly on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. She was also integral to the creation of its organizational culture task force and peer mentorship program.

Prior to moving to New York City, Erin lived in Gaborone, Botswana and worked with the World University Service of Canada. She partnered with women’s and queer rights organizations to reinvigorate the gender movement and conduct a gender analysis of a HIV testing and counseling program. Erin served as the first Executive Director of the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women in Ottawa, Canada and worked to secure funding to support women with incarcerated dependents in Kingston, Jamaica. Erin has direct intervention experience in women’s shelters, as a pregnancy options counselor, and as a youth sexuality educator.

Erin holds a BA in Communications and Ethics, Society and Law from the University of Toronto, a Master of Social Work from Carleton University, and a recent graduate certificate from Columbia University in Principles and Practices of Organization Development. She speaks English and French, and can be found in yoga studios, on dance floors, or soaking in conscious theatre by fellow women of color. Erin is motivated by cultivating deep relationships, and tries her best to live up to these words by Kay Ryan, “Intention doesn’t sweeten. It should be picked young and eaten