Director of Research
Dr. Nichelle Williams joined the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness in May 2022. Prior to joining CREC, Dr. Williams served as Director of Research at the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) where she managed the national Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS) and its biennial report to Congress. She also previously worked in a research capacity for Virginia’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) where her research in elections and higher education led to new legislation, agency-level policy changes and a certificate of impact from the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES). Prior to her time at JLARC, Dr. Williams worked in a research capacity for the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation (UNCFSP), Empowerment 2010, Inc. (the business incubator initiative for low-income communities), and the Offices of Economic Development for the cities of Portsmouth and Chesapeake, Virginia. Nichelle has worked in research and evaluation for more than 15 years.
Nichelle is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Cyber Corps with Virginia’s Army National Guard. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Old Dominion University and a PhD from Howard University.