Lavon Williams, Professional Excellence for Government
Lavon Williams serves as the Neighborhood Preservation and Revitalization Division Manager for Orange County Government in Central Florida. Williams is using her skills as an attorney to direct a $2.3 million annual community grants program that supports hundreds of neighborhoods and community organizations in Central Florida. Williams also provides leadership for major economic development initiatives across Orange County.
Williams is an advocate for higher education and the betterment of one’s circumstances. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL. She also holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration and a Master of Science in Planning from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. Florida A&M University College of Law was privileged to have her as a student; she earned her Juris Doctor at the Orlando-based campus in 2009 while working full-time for the county.
During her time at the College of Law, Williams was a member of the Black Law Students Association and provided countless hours at the Guardian Ad Litem Legal Clinic, which advocates for the rights and safety of children. She also worked with the Homelessness Legal Clinic, providing support to the indigent population. Williams exemplifies the term servant-leader and her service to Orange County government and the County’s people demonstrates why she was awarded Florida A&M University College of Law’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Excellence in Government.