Cecili
Thompson Williams

Executive Director, Beyond the Bomb

Cecili is executive director of Beyond the Bomb, leading a team of kickass campaigners and activists to mobilize against the threat of nuclear war and weapons. She has nearly two decades of experience leading mission-driven campaigns with organizations including Amnesty International USA, RESULTS Educational Fund, and the National Partnership for Women & Families. Most recently she founded and served as chief strategist for We Divine Water, a consulting group helping smart and passionate changemakers build strategic and effective campaigns. A strong believer in continually building power and capacity, Cecili has trained thousands of campaigners on how to maximize their impact within their organizations and in the world at large. She also serves as a faculty member at the Center for Social Design at the Maryland Institute College of Arts, where she teaches a graduate seminar on campaign strategy.

I am most excited to work on projects that… are unapologetically visionary and experimental.

I am looking for partners who can help me… be smarter, more effective, and more creative—to see things from new perspectives.

A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… speaking to the virtual audience at the Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75th anniversary event. It was incredible to participate in that event and get to engage with so many activists.

Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… include getting better at crowdsourcing solutions to our most pressing problems (both internal to the field and external in terms of our work). I’m also eager to identify the challenges in our culture that hold us back from maximizing our results.

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