John F. Williams, II
Chairman of the Board and CEO, Impact Infrastructure, LLC.
Mr. Williams joined Ceres’ Presidents’ Council in 2013. He spent 35 years as an advisor to public entities beginning with roles as a community liaison on major transportation initiatives in New York City. He worked in twenty countries and twenty six states amassing a $10 billion track record for successful project development.
From 1996 to 2012, Williams was a principal owner of HDR, Inc., a major international architecture and engineering company. In 2007, he began a quest to establish valuation and risk assessment standards for infrastructure and public building projects. He worked with CGI and Columbia University to create the Sustainable Return on Investment framework (SROI was launched into the public domain in September of 2008).
He serves as Chairman of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Economics Committee, Co-Chair of the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange Business Standards Committee, and for two years as the Infrastructure Finance Topic leader for CGI. For sixteen years he has served as a faculty member at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs where he leads capstone teams in public policy analysis.
In 2012, he founded Impact Infrastructure, LLC. The company’s AutoCASETM product line has automated the business case evaluation process for infrastructure and public building projects.
Williams graduated from West Virginia University in 1979.