Jay Williams

Former Mayor
Youngstown, OH

Jay Williams is a former mayor of Youngstown, Ohio and former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development under the Obama Administration. As the administrator of the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), Williams was charged with leading the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, and preparing American regions for growth and success in the global economy. Previously, he served as the executive director of the federal Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers, and also as the mayor of Youngstown, Ohio. His election in 2005 gained local and regional media attention because it brought Youngstown its first African-American mayor as well as its first independent mayor since 1922.

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