Cynthia P. Williams

Position title: International Policy and Program Development Officer


Washington, D.C.

Cynthia P. Williams is the International Policy Advisor for the University of Wisconsin-Madison International Division in Washington, D.C.  Her role includes leading efforts to develop relationships with federal agencies, organizations, alumni and key stakeholders to advance campus international goals.  As the designated campus contact for federal issues related to international education, research and policy, she works with the federal relations staff to coordinate strategy, advocate for legislative priorities, and maintain contact with administration officials and Congressional staff.  She represents the campus on higher education association task forces focused on international issues, such as immigration, Title VI Fulbright Hays, National Security Education programs, and international development.  As a liaison with faculty, staff and students with international interests, she facilitates connections for campus engagement in international policy dialogues and research opportunities.

Dr. Williams also supports the international track of the Wisconsin in Washington academic internship program, including cultivating international internship and career connections, teaching, and building an international affairs alumni network.

On the UW-Madison campus, Williams served as the Director of External Relations in the International Division and as Deputy Director of the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy.  Prior to coming to Wisconsin, she worked for the International Science and Education Council in Washington DC, managed international programs at the University of Delaware, and served as a policy analyst in Governor’s Office in the State of Delaware. Williams holds a Ph.D. in International Development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Public Administration and B.A. from the University of Delaware.