Daniel Williams

Exec Dir
West Michigan Center For Art + Technology

Daniel Williams is the executive director of West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT). A leader in urban education and facilitator in design thinking, Daniel works to advance equity in education and workforce development. Prior to WMCAT, he served as co-founder and principal of Grand Rapids University Prep Academy, the first Centers of Innovation School in Grand Rapids Public Schools. While at UPrep, Daniel led his team to achieving a graduation rate of more than 90 percent and 100 percent college acceptance rate each year. He was also named "Principal of the Year" by Grand Rapids Public Schools for 2014-15. Daniel has presented on best practices in two-generation family supports at The Aspen Institute’s Think XChange Conference and sits on their ASCEND two-generation post-secondary work group. Daniel has also presented on design thinking at Grand Valley State University, the National Points of Light Foundation and the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s Business Matters series. He serves on various boards and advisory committees throughout the Grand Rapids community, including the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park; the Leadership Council of the ELO Network for out-of-school time providers; Partners for a Racism Free Community, and Varnum’s Diversity Council. Daniel was named a 40 Under 40 leader in 2011 and 2016 by the Grand Rapids Business Journal; and is a Diversity Scholar with the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  Daniel is currently an Ed.D candidate in interdisciplinary leadership at Creighton University, he received his Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University and his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from University of Iowa.