Guy O. Williams is President & CEO of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice and Principal & Founder of G.O. Williams & Associates, L.L.C., strategic advisors for sustainable community and environmentally related programs. He previously served as Program Manager for Fair Food Foundation and as Senior Director for Community Development and Relations at National Wildlife Federation.
Williams received his B.S. from Bucknell University and is well known nationally for his work as an advocate for environmental justice and a developer of community programming that values effective collaborations among business, government, and community interests. His success in guiding a program’s strategic development, supporting its funding, and directing its implementation is a hallmark of his accomplishments.
Named 2014 Michigan Green Leader by the Detroit Free Press, Williams is currently Chair of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Board of Directors and Chair Emeritus of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy Board of Governors. A Director on the Boards of Eastern Market Corporation (Detroit) and Pesticide Action Network North America, he also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors and the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessment Center.
A graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Studies and Application, Domiana Carter has worked for the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, where she assisted in the development of new environmental justice targeting tools. A former intern with Michigan Environmental Action Council, she helped to develop diversity training seminars and hosted healthy food forums for mothers in the Detroit Metro Area. Carter is also certified with the State of Michigan as a lead risk assessor/inspector.
Kimberly Hill Knott has convened strategic high-level meetings with elected officials, government representatives, academic, nonprofit and business leaders to address a variety of environmental and workforce development issues. For a decade, she served as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman John Conyers. In 2013, Knott was selected for the White House Champions of Change Award for Community Resilient Leaders, awarded to leaders actively involved in addressing climate change and sustainability issues in their respective communities. Knott holds a BS in Education from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, an MS in Educational Leadership from Temple University, and a certificate in Executive Education Leadership from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
After earning a Bachelor of Business Administration and Management from Walsh College, Lynette Cobb worked in the field of chemical analysis for 15 years. She is certified in hazardous material, emergency response training, and lead abatement, among others. As Manager for Workforce Development, Cobb develops and implements guidelines for training green jobs-ready workers.
Grace Doss has over nine years experience in the nonprofit sector—in office management, fund development, marketing, membership, event planning, and program evaluations. She graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and matriculated graduate school in Human Resources.
With a Bachelor’s in Telecommunications from Michigan State University and a minor in Social Science, Leslie Genest has worked in strategic communications planning, leading brand development and marketing strategy. Her previous marketing positions include an international architectural firm and a full-service advertising and public relations agency. Genest has served on nonprofit boards and led community outreach and fundraising programs.
Leila Mekias joined DWEJ by way of the University of Michigan, where she graduated in 2013 with a MS in Environmental Justice. She had previously earned a BA in International Studies and Environmental Studies from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. In addition to her work as a research assistant for UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Program, Mekias has also worked with city officials in four Ohio cities to assess city adaptive capacity.