Cindy A. Williams is the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy assistant director for external engagement where she is responsible for engaging the Stanford, Silicon Valley and global corporate energy community in Stanford’s energy initiatives. These efforts include leading the development and implementation of the Global Energy Forum as Stanford's major annual energy event. Prior to joining the Precourt Institute for Energy she served 13 years at the Stanford University Office of Public Affairs where she led corporate outreach efforts as director of the Stanford Executive Briefings (2007-2016), programming for Stanford University’s 125th Anniversary (2015-2017), community outreach as co-producer of Community Day at Stanford (2004-2006), as well as domestic and international protocol work and production of select programs such as Academic Council, Asian Pacific Rim Universities, Ivy Plus, Page Society and Public Affairs Seminars. She is a member of the Public Affairs Council and serves on the board of a Rwanda aid organization and as executive producer of Silicon Valley Night to Shine.

Current Role at Stanford

Assistant Director, External Engagement, Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy

Honors & Awards

  • Excellence in Service - Community Service Award, Santa Clara County Fire Department (2017)
  • Community Treasures Award, Stanford University (2008)

Service, Volunteer and Community Work

  • Board Member, Ishimwe Center (January 1, 2005 - Present)

    Strategic planning for Rwanda aid organization. Providing homes for abandoned children in Rwanda. Supporting sustainable fish farming business, high-standard education, and farmer training in one of the poorest rural areas of Rwanda.


    Bugasera, Rwanda

  • Executive Producer, Silicon Valley Night to Shine (6/1/2016 - Present)

    Providing a prom-like experience for young people with special needs in Silicon Valley.


    Campbell, CA

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Member, Public Affairs Council (2010 - Present)