Azure’De Williams (DeDe)
Azure’De Williams joined the Milwaukee Area Health Education Center as the Executive Director in June 2017. She has the responsibility for recruiting and mobilizing a diverse pipeline of healthcare professionals; identifying, cultivating and securing prospective sponsors and strategic alliances; partnering with advocacy groups to increase engagement within local health care clinics and systems; serve as liaison to governmental agencies focused on diversity and health disparities and managing the execution of MAHEC training programs.
Azure’De Williams received a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science & Law and a Criminal Justice Certificate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Azure’De has more than 20 years of experience working in the non-profit sector identifying two areas she felt most impacted quality of life - Health and Education. She uses her skills in program development, civic engagement and program evaluation to support efforts in addressing health disparities and achievement gaps. Under her leadership at the American Heart Association, she received several awards including the Cass Wheeler Integration Team Award for her leadership new initiatives and improve hospital care and outcomes for minority and underserved populations.
She is ardent about Community Service while allocating time to be an active member of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church’s Praise & Worship Team and Adult Choir. Azure’De has three children - ages 14, 12 and 8 who are often seen accompanying her on volunteer-related and community service projects. In her spare time, Azure’De enjoys filling up the pages of her passport.