Betty Williams

Betty Williams“The family is where we are nurtured and where we are prepared to be human beings and to deal with the world.” Betty Williams’ belief in families and working with Metropolitan Families Services began after graduation as a social worker with United Charities (now Metropolitan Family Services). In 1991 she was named Executive Vice President, working with Illinois legislators, businesses, churches and civic – and social-service groups. She lobbied to make Illinois the first state to require state agencies to consider how their actions might affect families; founded the Illinois Policy Council, a family-public-policy review group; and created the African-American Family Preservation Task Force. Ms. Williams retired to Oklahoma in 1995.

Photo Credit: The University of Chicago Magazine
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