County Executive

Prince George's County, Maryland

Sonya Williams Selected as New District 9 Prince George's County Board of Education Member

For Immediate Release: 12/20/2013 11:00 AM

Contact: Christy A. Lipscomb | (240) 508-1989

​Upper Marlboro, MD – Today Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III announced that Sonya Williams has been appointed to serve on the Prince George’s County Board of Education to represent District 9.  Ms. Williams will fill the District 9 vacancy on the Board of Education created by the resignation of former School Board Member Donna Hathaway Beck. 

“Ms. Williams will be a great addition to the Board of Education.  We had a strong pool of candidates to choose from and Ms. Williams certainly brings a set of unique skills that will serve our children and the school system well,” said County Executive Baker.  “I was impressed with her innovative ideas to get more parents involved in their children’s education and her commitment to making our schools overall the best they can be.  Her experience as a parent, as President of the Gwynn Park Parent Teachers and Students Association (PTSA), and her skill with development and management of complex projects will be a tremendous asset to the Board.”

Maryland House of Delegates Bill 1107 charges the County Executive with appointing a member to the Board of Education whenever a vacancy occurs. Although the law does not require it, County Executive Baker conducted an open search to fill this vacancy and provided residents of District 9 with an opportunity to apply for the position. Since this vacancy was created as a result of an elected board member leaving office, the County Executive’s appointee must be a resident of District 9. 

Ms. Williams is the second appointee to replace an elected Board of Education member under the new education reform law in Prince George’s County.  The County Executive previously appointed Lyn Mundey to the District 7 vacancy in September of this year.

Sonya Williams Bio
Sonya Williams is a Civil Engineer with over 22 years of project management experience on local and national construction projects.  A Prince George’s County resident since the age of five, Ms. Williams completed her secondary education at Crossland High School, and attended the University of Maryland where she received her degree in Civil Engineering.  Her career in Civil Engineering began as a project management intern at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission working on the headquarters building in Laurel.  Since the internship, she has worked on other notable local projects, including the expansion of BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport, and most recently the Tanger Outlet Mall at National Harbor. As a Civil Engineer specializing in project management, she has honed an important set of transferable leadership skills that include the ability to communicate across different skill and experience levels, build successful teams that focus on similar goals, manage multimillion dollar budgets, and manage time and resources to support reaching the desired outcome on schedule and within budget.  She recently received her Master’s degree in International Organizational Leadership from Georgetown University.

Ms. Williams has used her leadership skills in the community in many different roles, most recently as the PTSA President at Gwynn Park High School since 2012.  With the assistance of the PTSA Executive Board and school leadership, the parents of Gwynn Park High School have held informative PTSA meetings on topics such as Common Core Curriculum, the military recruitment and enlistment process, and college enrollment strategies.  Working with a professional colleague, Ms. Williams also coordinated a visit to the school by the world renowned artist Charles Bibb, to speak with art and business students on the “Business of Art.”  Previously she held other leadership positions, such as community organizer and developer, parent association treasurer, and school fundraising co-chair.  Ms. Williams was recently appointed to the Prince George’s Democratic Central Committee.

Ms. Williams currently resides in Clinton with her husband of 22 years and their two sons.