Amanda Williams joined McKnight in January 2021 as human resources (HR) director. She oversees a broad scope of HR functions for the Foundation, including talent acquisition, leadership development, employee relations and engagement, performance management, and benefits strategy and administration.

With over 20 years of experience in the field, Williams is a strategic HR leader and highly skilled in change management, leadership coaching, and building trust and credibility with colleagues and partner organizations. She is a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory.

Williams has extensive experience working in nonprofit organizations, including Children’s Home Society, Guthrie Theater, and American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio. Before joining McKnight, she served as director of HR and equity, diversity, and inclusion at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

Outside of work, Williams enjoys biking, hiking, cooking, reading, yoga, and meditation.