Catherine Merrill Williams is President and Publisher of Washingtonian Media, a media company that includes the flagship, 50-year-old magazine, The Washingtonian, the national capital region's leading monthly with more than 300,000 readers and winner of five National Magazine Awards, and Washingtonian.com--the region's premier lifestyle website with popular blogs, an events calendar, restaurant and happy hour finders, and more--as well as Washingtonian Bride & Groom, a semi-annual wedding magazine which has won 2 Gold City and Regional Magazine awards, Washingtonian Custom Media, and Washingtonian Events.
From 2002 to 2007 Ms. Williams served as Director of Operations for Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), now part of Xerox, where she helped manage and collect 60 percent of the nation's tolls--$2.7 billion a year--including the majority of the E-ZPass network. Prior to joining ACS, from 1995 to 2002 Ms. Merrill was a partner at Oliver Wyman, a world-wide management consulting firm where her clients included Fortune 500 companies in the telecommunications and media sectors.
Ms. Williams chairs the Board of Visitors at the University of Maryland School of Journalism; is a member and former chapter chair of YPO (Young President's Organization); serves on the board of the Aspen Institute Socrates Society, the Washington Board of Trade, Ford's Theater, the Federal City Council and The Merrill Family Foundation. She is a member of Cornell University Council and the Economics Club of Washington. She has appeared on CNN, CNN Headline News, FOX, MSNBC, as well as numerous local Washington stations.
She holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.
Ms. Williams resides in Washington, DC with her husband, Paul, and two sons. She enjoys sailing, skiing and travel.