Carme Williams is the President and CEO of WilliamsCL Consulting, LLC. focused on fundraising in the areas of organization, structure, strategic planning and strategy. Carme is also a Senior Consultant with Washburn & McGoldrick, LLC. focused on campaign assessments, feasibility studies and planning, as well as, advancement training, relationship building, alumni engagement, and board/staff training. Carme has been a leader in the corporate and nonprofit community for almost three decades. Carme has secured more than $190 million during her career.
Carme has been in higher education advancement work at Rice University, Houston Community College Foundation and Prairie View A&M University. Carme was at Rice University as a Regional Major Gifts Director of Development and School of Humanities Director of Development during the $1 billion Capital Campaign. Carme managed three Advisory Boards and helped create collateral material for the School of Humanities funding priorities.
During her time at Houston Community College Foundation, Carme secured a historic gift of $7.5 million for a new Fire Fighter Academy, increased the number of scholarships awarded three-fold and restructured the foundation increasing the endowment by 20%. Under her leadership, the board of directors developed an intentional focus on securing resources for the Chancellor’s priorities.
In 2018, Carme became the Vice President of Development for Prairie View A&M University. She created a university fundraising plan, reorganization, and stewardship plan, which all yielded annual 30% to 48% increases in philanthropic support. Carme secured a $2M planned gift and played a role in a $50 Million unrestricted gift.
Carme is also experienced in alumni relations, donor relations, principal and major gift, and stewardship programs, dean development, board development, and communications. Carme is a lecturer at Rice University’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership.
Carme received a bachelor’s degree in business management from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC; Certified Fundraising Executive Certificate in 2009. Carme currently serves on the North Carolina State Steering Committee for Wolfpack Women in Philanthropy chairing the Philanthropy Committee. Carme is a board member of the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce, Houston Public Library Foundation, and African American Development Officers.