Jarrid Williams ’14

Jarrid Williams ’14

Jarrid Williams is an educator, organizer, real estate investor,  and a husband currently residing in Prince George's County. Jarrid was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, the son of Michelle Williams and Rodney Williams. His parents instilled in him that he was a leader and not a follower from an early age. Growing up as an athlete and graduating from a high school with a 50% graduation rate, Jarrid understood the importance of servant leadership. He was a standout quarterback at Poughkeepsie High School and received a Division 1 athletic scholarship to Wagner College in 2011. Jarrid continued to adhere to his parent's advice even at College. He was part of the two-time football champion team at Wagner College and was involved in campus life activities. He served as a two-term BSU president and co-founder of LEAD Academy, a mentoring program for first-year students of color. He also founded the M.O.V.E, a program designed to support the professional development of student-athletes at Wagner College. And served as the graduate assistant for intramural sports for the office of Student Engagement and Activities. Jarrid started a Master's Degree in Business Administration however left Wagner to pursue his dreams of playing in the NFL.

He had tryouts with several teams in N.F.L. But unfortunately did not make the team. After his dream of playing in the NFL was deferred, he dedicated his life to education. He was accepted into TEACH for America CORPS, where he started teaching World History at KIPP D.C. College Preparatory. Jarrid firmly believes that the classroom remains the most radical space of possibility in the academy. Since starting his education career, he has served as the School's Operations Manager for Teach for America and founded KIPP's Parent Teacher Organization. Participated in Leaders for Education Equality Fellowship and a member of KIPP's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee and currently serves on the KIPP's Positive Behavior Interventions and Support committee. Despite his busy schedule, he also serves as the co-chair for D.C.Education Coalition for Change. Jarrid William is currently a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.'s Omicron Eta Lambda Chapter In Washington D.C and serves as the chapter's historian. Currently, Jarrid is enrolled at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business with the aspiration of becoming an affordable Real Estate Developer.