Transitions Conference

Todd Williams
Executive Director
Commit! Dallas

Highly committed to public education, Todd currently serves as both the founding Executive Director of Commit!, a non-profit serving as a backbone organization supporting improving college and career readiness levels across Dallas County, as well as the Education Policy Advisor to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. He is the incoming board chair for Austin College, one of the region's leading liberal arts institutions located in Sherman, Texas. With his wife Abby, Todd also chairs the regional advisory board for Teach for America in Dallas/Ft. Worth and helped establish the Williams Preparatory School, a K-12 free tuition public charter school operated by Uplift that educates over 1,100 primarily low-income children in northwest Dallas.

Todd is the former Chair of the DISD's Citizen Budget Review Commission and the former Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for Uplift Education, a public charter school management organization with almost 8,000 students. He is also a founding board member and former chairman of the Real Estate Finance and Investment Center at the University of Texas and a former chairman of the Real Estate Council of Dallas, the city's largest real estate organization.

Prior to dedicating his efforts full time on public education in Dallas, Todd served as both a partner and as global co-head of Goldman Sachs' real estate private equity investment area, retiring in 2009 following a 20 year career with the firm in their New York, Los Angeles and Dallas offices. Total assets under management purchased by GS-managed real estate funds exceeded $100 billion in cost.

A Dallas ISD graduate from Bryan Adams High School, Todd earned an M.B.A. with distinction from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 and graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Austin College in Sherman, Texas in 1982.