Assemblymember Medina Honors Dr. Grace Williams as “Veteran of the Year”

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Today, Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) recognized Dr. Grace Williams as the 61st Assembly District’s “Veteran of the Year.”

Dr. Grace Williams honorably served in the Army National Guard for nearly 10 years. Since being honorably discharged from the military, Dr. Williams has continued to be involved with the military by serving the communities near and around the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, maintaining close working relationships with both military and civilian personnel. She has led numerous projects in the region that have created jobs, increased access to Career Technical Education, and provided transitional housing for homeless veterans. Dr. Williams currently serves as the Director of Planning & Economic Development in the City of Perris where she oversees the City's project entitlements and permitting processes and manages business and workforce development, attraction, and retention projects and programs.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California in Urban/Regional Planning with an emphasis in Civil Engineering; a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management from the University of La Verne’s School of Business and Public Management; and a Doctorate in Policy, Planning & Development from USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy.

“Dr. Grace Williams is an exceptional individual who served her country in the National Guard and has continued to serve our community in a civilian capacity,” said Assemblymember Medina. Hers is truly an American story. After serving in the military, Dr. Williams went on to receive doctorate from one of California’s most prestigious universities and has dedicated herself to improving the workforce pipeline in the Inland Empire. I am grateful for her contributions to our community and proud to recognize her as the 61st Assembly District’s ‘Veteran of the Year.’”


Contact: Kelly Reynolds (916) 319-2061