Emanuel D. Williams joined the ACLU of Mississippi in May 2020 as the Legislative and Advocacy Director. He directs the lobbying, advocacy, and policy work on criminal justice reform, voting, LGBTQ+, immigration, and disability rights. He has nearly a decade of combined work, training, and education experience in identifying resources and funding, policy and programmatic alignment, community and government relationships, and corporate engagement. His love for a better Mississippi for all and making sure all Mississippians get a fair shot is what brought him to the ACLU of Mississippi. He has worked on budget, appropriations, higher education, water, social security, and veterans' issues. He served as the Director of Government Affairs at the Tougaloo College Research and Development Foundation representing a consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities with 100,000 students focused on research and development funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Because of his experience in government, campaigns, and government affairs, Emanuel has well-developed relationships in Mississippi and Washington, D.C. He attained a Bachelor of Arts in English from the historic Tougaloo College and a Master of Professional Studies in Political Management from The George Washington University. Emanuel has been involved in numerous organizations including The Government Relations Association and The National Institute of Lobbying and Ethics. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and serves as the Federal Advocacy Manager for the HBCU Collective.

Emanuel D. WilliamsLegislative and Advocacy Director
ACLU of Mississippi
601-354-3408 ext. 122
P.O. Box 2242
Jackson, MS