Councilmember Gretchen Williams

Gretchen Williams

Contact Information:

Term and Position:

  • Councilmember since December 2023; term expires in 2027

Civic Activities:

  • Evangelist Missionary – Abundant Life C.O.G.I.C.
  • Johnston County Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. – Chaplain
  • National Association University Women – Assistant Chaplain
  • State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC)
  • SEANC - Employees Political Action Committee (EMPAC) (State, Area L and District 42)
  • Wake Med. Hospital – Chaplain
  • Director- Family Wellness Outreach Center
  • State Emergency Response Team – Recovery (SERT)
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Safety Coordinator
  • Ordain Minister - New Covenant Faith Ministries
  • South Atlantic Region Clergy – Delta Sigma Theta (DST), Inc.
  • South Atlantic Region Leadership Fellow Team – Delta Sigma Theta (DST), Inc.
  • Council Liaison to the Library Advisory Board
  • Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) 2nd Alternate


  • North Carolina State University
    M.Ed. Community Agency Counseling - (CACREP)

    Honors: Phi Kappa Phi, NCSU

  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
    B.S. Dental Hygiene - Specialty Practicum in Gerontology

  • North Carolina Central University
    B.S. Biology and Minor in Chemistry

Work Experience:

  • North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) – State Office:
    • Work First/Child Welfare/ (Multiple Response System) MRS Trainer
    • Work First Conference Planner
    • Certified Poverty Simulation Trainer
    • Certified Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) – Trainer
    • Conference Planner/Trainer (Office of Economic Opportunity)
    • Liaison for DHHS Work First - Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse, Program Integrity, Vocation Rehab., Mental Health, Employment and Training, etc.
    • Work First Compliance Monitor
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) State Audit
    • Single County Audit
    • Lead and monitor for: More at 4 Program, Job Boost, Subsidized employment, Employment Security, Department of Defense (DOD), etc.
    • Employment and Training (E&T) Monitor State leadership
    • Worked on planning team for Social Services Institute
    • Safety Coordinator
    • Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) - Management Evaluation (ME)
    • Disaster FNS
    • Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) – Farmers Market
    • Leadership Team with Secretary Mandy Cohen
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Mental Health Therapist
  • Substitute Teacher – Test Proctor
  • Wake County Human Services
    • Human Services Senior Practitioner/ Social Worker III
    • Foster Care/Adoption Social Worker
    • Supervised Interns for Social Work Program - NC State
    • Employment Counselor
    • (Job Opportunity and Basic Skills) JOBS Social Worker
  • Johnston County Department of Social Services
    • Human Services Senior Practitioner/ Social Worker
    • On Call Child Protective Service (CPS) Worker
    • JOBS Program
    • Emergency Assistance
    • Income Maintenance Case Worke

Why did you run for office?

I have deep roots in the community, and have long been dedicated to serving it. Among my many commitments, I have been very active with several political organizations in Clayton and all over the county and State as well.

I have always been a mover and a shaker; from a young age, I was always at the forefront of any decisions that needed to be made. As my career progressed, I became a leading voice in the community and beyond, always working for the wellbeing of the public.