Carme Williams, CFRE

Senior Consultant

Carme Williams joins WASHBURN & McGOLDRICK after almost three decades in corporate and non-profit leadership positions. Carme’s most recent experience has been in higher education advancement at Rice University, Houston Community College Foundation and Prairie View A&M University, where she served as Vice President of Development.

Carme worked at Rice University from 2005 to 2013, serving as a Regional Major Gifts Director of Development and School of Humanities Director of Development during the $1 billion Centennial Campaign. Carme managed three advisory boards while at Rice and helped create collateral materials for the School of Humanities funding priorities.

During her time at Houston Community College Foundation, Carme secured a historic gift of $7.5 million for a new Fire Fighter Academy, increased the number of scholarships awarded three-fold and helped increase the foundation’s endowment by 20%. Under her leadership, the board of directors developed an intentional focus on securing resources for the Chancellor’s priorities.

In 2018, Carme was named Vice President of Development for Prairie View A&M University. Ongoing philanthropic revenue grew by 48% during her tenure at the university.

Carme is an experienced leader in alumni relations, donor relations, principal and major gifts, stewardship programs, dean and faculty development, board development, and communications. Carme is also an instructor at the Rice University Center for Nonprofit Leadership, where she is currently teaching a course titled Art of Fundraising – Advanced Principles and Practices: Strategic Planning and Fundraising.

Carme received a bachelors degree in business management from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC and received her Certified Fundraising Executive certification in 2009. She serves on the NC State University Wolfpack Women in Philanthropy Steering Committee as Chair of the Philanthropy Committee. Carme is also a board member of the United Nations Houston Chapter, the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce, the Houston Public Library Foundation, and African American Development Officers (AADO).