Elizabeth "Libby" Williams has over 26 years of economic development experience working in Southern California. Through her consulting practice she provides services to local governments, elected officials, non-profits and small businesses. Her work includes organizing an Economic Opportunity Forum for elected officials in LA County’s 2ndSupervisorial District, Construction Matchmaking events for the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s office and a Transportation Infrastructure Conference for the National Association of Minority Contractors, Southern California chapter.
More recently Libby was under contract with the USC Center for Economic Development where she served as project manager for the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMP SoCal). In her role she helped support and strengthen the aerospace and defense manufacturing ecosystem by providing needed support services through the partnership.
Libby worked as the Managing Director of the Office of Small Business, for the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Economic & Business Policy where she served as an advocate for the Los Angeles small business community within City Hall. Prior to working for the City of Los Angeles she was Director of the Small Business Program at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). In 2007, Libby became the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Economy and Jobs Committee, a private-sector advisory board created by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to work with him on key issues of economic development and quality job creation in Los Angeles. From 1996 to 2006, she worked for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation in the Business Assistance Program where she was responsible for identifying opportunities and developing community economic development programs and initiatives to stimulate economic growth. In this role she also created, launched and was administrator to the Regional Business Assistance Network (RBAN).
Libby has a BA and an MPA from California State University at Long Beach and a Master in Leadership from the University of Southern California. She has also completed the USC Lusk Center Ross Minority Program in Real Estate.