October 4, 2018

Kelly M. Williams, J.D.

Author National Philanthropic Trust

Kelly Williams is the CEO of The Williams Legacy Foundation. Ms. Williams is a recognized leader in the alternative investment industry having founded the Customized Fund Investment Group (CFIG) at The Prudential Insurance, which grew to over $30 billion before she led its sale in 2014. She was an associate with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy specializing in project finance before Prudential.


Ms. Williams is a Board Director and Nominating and Governance Committee Chair of The Greenbrier Companies (GBX). She also serves on the Board of Trustees of The National Philanthropic Trust, where she serves as chair of its Nominating and Governance Committee.


Ms. Williams is the Chair of the Board of Commissioners of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She is also a member of the board of the Norton Museum of Art, where she serves on its Executive Committee. She is Vice Chair of the board of the Robert Toigo Foundation and is the founding board chair of the Private Equity Women Investor Network. She also serves on the board of trustees of the NY School of Interior Design and The Olana Partnership.


Ms. Williams has received many awards throughout her career in the financial services industry and was named as one of The Most Powerful Women in Finance by American Banker Magazine 2011-2014. Her family has lived in the Hudson Valley of New York for over 400 years. She graduated magna cum laude from Union College in Schenectady, NY in 1986 and received her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law in 1989. She and her husband, Andrew Forsyth, live in Palm Beach, FL and maintain residences in Nantucket, MA, York, SC, and New York, NY.