Donna N. Williams is a vice president and program manager for Parsons Transportation Group, Inc., a subsidiary of the Parsons Corporation, a global engineering and construction leader in facilities, advanced technology, and management processes. She has 30+ years of program and project management, business development, and engineering design and construction experience in both government and private sectors.
Mrs. Williams manages a multi-year contract with the City of Houston at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). The IAH Terminal Redevelopment Program (ITRP) is a $1.3 billion dollars capital improvement program designed to modernize and expand all facilities located on the north ramp, except for Terminal A. The contract covers a wide range of project management support services for all phases of the ITRP Program (initiation, definition, design, procurement, construction, commissioning and activation, and closeout).
She has received numerous state and national accolades for her work, including: Parsons’ “Engineer of the Year” award (1993); service on the Corporation’s Leadership Council (1999); Women’s Transportation Seminar for the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter’s “Woman of Inspiration” award (2002); US Black Engineer & Information Technology recognition as One of the 100 Most Important Blacks in Technology (2006); featured in Eclipse Magazine’s Tribute to “2008 Women That Mean Business”; named a Prairie View A& M University Distinguished Alumni; and served on significant initiatives of both former Governor Rick Perry and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. President George W. Bush appointed and the United States Senate confirmed her as a Director of the Corporation for National and Community Service (2003- 2006).
Mrs. Williams is involved in many civic activities and professional associations, including Arlington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Dallas African American Museum (board member), Justin Kimball High School Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (board chairman), the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health National Board of Directors, Parsons Federal Credit Union (board member), and the Texas State Foundation (board member). An appointee of Governor Perry to the Texas State University Board of Regents, she chaired the search committee leading to the selection of the current chancellor, served two terms as vice chairman of the board (2011 & 2012) and chairman of the board (2013 & 2014).
Mrs. Williams received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Prairie View A&M University (1982); she and her best friend, The Honorable Michael L. Williams, former Texas Energy & Education Commissioner, and current Distinguished Leader in Residence at the University of North Texas at Dallas, celebrate 32+ years of marriage.