Explorations in Black Leadership

Co-Directed by Phyllis Leffler & Julian Bond

Obama's transition team

BOND: Now, you served on the Obama/Biden Transition Team. How did that happen?

WILLIAMS: Well, I'd been in the Foreign Service for 22 years. I'd been at AID in senior positions and I knew quite a few people who were involved in the Obama campaign and so when they were starting to put together the transition team, I was one of the names that came up. I had a lot of experience in international affairs so I was lucky enough to be selected for that team.