Cathy Merrill Williams

President and Publisher, Washingtonian Media

Catherine Merrill Williams is President and Publisher of Washingtonian Media, a media company that includes the flagship 50-year-old magazine, Washingtonian, the national capital region’s leading monthly with more than 300,000 readers and winner of five National Magazine Awards; Washingtonian.com — the region’s premier lifestyle website with popular blogs, restaurant recommendations, and more; Washingtonian Bride & Groom; Washingtonian Welcome Guide; Washingtonian Custom Media; and Washingtonian Events.

From 2002 to 2007 Ms. Williams served as Director of Operations for Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), 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 in the northeast. Prior to joining ACS, from 1995 to 2002 she was a partner at Oliver Wyman, a world-wide management consulting firm where her clients included large 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 City and Regional Magazine Association, Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences Council, Ford’s Theater, the Aspen Institute Socrates Society, the Washington Board of Trade, and The Merrill Family Foundation. She is a member of CRMA (City and Regional Magazine Association), The Federal City Council, Cornell University Council and the Economics Club of Washington. She has appeared on CNN, the Today Show, CNN Headline News, FOX, MSNBC, as well as other 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. She enjoys sailing, skiing and travel.