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James Ladi Williams
Research Associate
Former employee

James Ladi Williams is a research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, where he researches urban development challenges in developing countries, including public service delivery, urban resilience, and resource mobilization.

Before joining Urban, Williams consulted for the US Agency for International Development on an assessment of the agency’s urban policy, advised on monitoring and evaluation strategies for Emerging Public Leaders’ public service fellowships in Liberia and Ghana, and provided analytical support for education programs at Rising Academy Network in Freetown, Sierra Leone. As a fellow in the New York City Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity, he helped manage evidence-based programs to tackle urban poverty.

Williams holds a BSc in public administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and an MPA from Princeton University.

Research Areas
Economic mobility and inequality
Global issues
Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
International development and governance