New York State Deputy Director
Cynthia Williams is the New York State Deputy Director at the Fines and Fees Justice Center. She works statewide to advance state and local campaigns for fines and fees reform. Cynthia works closely with faith-based organizations, state legislators, local elected officials, and a diverse group of stakeholders.
Cynthia is a member of the Steering Committee of the Rockland Coalition to End the New Jim Crow. This grass roots organization’s goal is to raise awareness of the disproportionate impact of mass incarceration and the “prison industrial complex” on people of color in our society, specifically identifying how these problems operate in Rockland County, and pursuing meaningful policy change.
Before joining the Fines and Fees Justice Center, Cynthia spent over two decades in these positions: company executive, operations specialist, and small business consultant. She exhibited a proven track record of success in improving efficiency and enhancing productivity. Her vision, ability and experience helped to create optimal initiatives which positively affected each company’s goals and objectives.
During the last 10 years Cynthia has shifted her focus to community involvement and advocacy. Marginalized people are of particular concern, and she looks for ways to speak up for them. This is demonstrated through her involvement with New York Housing Court, Bronx, NY Volunteer Resolution Assistance Program, and the New York Legal Assistance Group Mobile Legal Help Center. Cynthia established her own contract paralegal services business where she performed legal research for attorneys and individuals. Her biggest achievement in this endeavor occurred when the arguments she presented helped a client get a $2.5 million judgment and preliminary injunction reversed. Most recently, she has been working as an organizer on the NY Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement where she built, managed, and mobilized coalitions and partnerships in districts as well as in various regions.
Ms. Williams holds a B.A. from the University of the West Indies and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Ashworth College. She also took graduate courses in Business at St John’s University.