Margaret (Maggie) Williams

Associate Director, SDG16+ and Interim Program Director, Halving Global Violence; Pathfinders

Margaret (Maggie) Williams is the Associate Director, SDG16+ and Interim Program Director, Halving Global Violence for the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies at the NYU Center on International Cooperation. She brings over a decade of experience in development, peacebuilding and prevention, access to justice, human rights, and multilateral affairs.

Committed to the realization of more peaceful, just, and inclusive societies, Maggie has focused specifically on SDG16+ action and advocacy for the past five years, building diverse, multi-stakeholder partnerships in support of SDG16+ internationally, while highlighting the policy and tangible practice of SDG16 and its interlinkages across the 2030 Agenda at national and sub-national levels. She has worked and collaborated extensively with governments across the Global South and Global North, grassroots and civil society organizations, intergovernmental organizations, the UN, and other multilaterals, as well as private sector actors and foundations.

Prior to a SDG16-specific lens, she worked on issues related to state-society relations, geopolitical analysis, gender, and youth, including at the community level, running or supporting youth and women's economic empowerment programming in MENA and Europe. Based in New York, she has lived and worked in Tunisia, Palestine, Cyprus, and Greece, with additional experience in Georgia, Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste, and Uganda.

She holds a MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.