Rick Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of the Sobrato Family Foundation (SFF), one of Silicon Valley’s largest philanthropic organizations. SFF’s mission is to promote access to high-quality education, career pathways, and essential human services, as it seeks to make Silicon Valley a place of opportunity for all its residents.
Prior to joining SFF, Mr. Williams was Founder and President of Realize Consulting Group, a management consultant firm focused on creating effective and sustainable solutions for philanthropic and nonprofit organizations and the communities they serve. Mr. Williams also served at the Director of the Asset Funders Network, a national community of foundations and grantmakers advancing programs and policies that build and protect financial assets for low-income individuals. Mr. Williams previously served as the National Programs Director at the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation where he oversaw grantmaking in the areas of homelessness, substance abuse, foster youth, after-school services, and poverty prevention.
Mr. Williams is currently on the Boards of the National Center for Family Philanthropy, Northern California Grantmakers, Silicon Valley Children’s Fund, and Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY). Previously Mr. Williams served as the Board Chairperson of Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, CA and a founding board member of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). Mr. Williams also previously served as the Deputy Director of the Santa Clara County Mental Health Department and Director of the Santa Clara County’s psychiatric inpatient services.
Rick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in clinical psychology from Washington State University and a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University.