WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 9, 2017) – The Center for Global Policy Solutions mourns the loss of Eddie N. Williams, the former president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and a trailblazer who linked policy with African-American political thought and research.

CGPS President and CEO Dr. Maya Rockeymoore said she first learned of Mr. Williams through her mentor, the late Dr. Jewel Limar Prestage, the first black woman in the U.S. to earn a Ph.D. in political science. Mr. Williams also served as mentor to Dr. Rockeymoore, helping to guide her when she first arrived in Washington, D.C. She credits him for inspiring her to found CGPS.

“Because of his path-breaking leadership at the helm of the Joint Center, I was inspired to forge a path toward creating a think tank that would take on intersectional issues related to race, class, and gender. Eddie was a brilliant strategist, an insightful policy thinker, and a prudent administrative steward. His legacy lives on,” Dr. Rockeymoore said.