Title: Practice Lead PSD - Principal Associate
Education: LL.M., Labor, Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., University of Maryland Law School
B.A., Economics, Wellesley College
Louise Williams, JD, focuses on improving legal, regulatory, and institutional conditions for doing business and economic development, including through women’s economic empowerment. Her groundbreaking work includes design of USAID’s major Commercial Legal and Institutional Reform (CLIR) products; the Systems Analytic Framework for the Digital Economy (SAF-DE); and APEC’s Women in the Economy Dashboard, an initiative through which 21 Asia-Pacific economies now measure and report on economic conditions for women every two years. She also led Nathan’s development of APEC’s Women in STEM, Women in Transportation, and women’s entrepreneurship (WE-APEC) initiatives.
Since 2005, Ms. Williams has led or contributed to comprehensive commercial law and institutional assessment activities in more than 30 countries, including in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Central Europe, and the Middle East. She is skilled at identifying opportunities for legal reform and drafting proposed changes that can reduce red-tape and improve private sector access to capital and markets.
Before her career in international development, Ms. Williams worked as a labor and employment lawyer for the U.S. Department of Commerce and in private practice in Baltimore. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Diana G. Motz when Judge Motz served on Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals.