Jerel Williams is a Senior Associate at GBAO, where he focuses on issues of social justice and examining racial attitudes. He also handles much of the firm’s multivariate analysis. Jerel’s clients have included Safety and Justice PAC, Youth First, The E Pluribus Unum Fund, Center for American Progress, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and numerous Democratic candidates for office.

Before joining GBAO, Jerel worked on Mitch Landrieu’s successful 2014 re-election campaign for Mayor of New Orleans. He also worked as a research assistant at Louisiana State University to an assistant professor and deputy director of the public policy research lab. In that role, Jerel evaluated the impact of sanctions and punishments within state level welfare policies, and the role of race plays in being offered vocational education opportunities by welfare case officers.

Jerel graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 2011 and a master’s degree in 2013, after writing a thesis on the impact consent decrees in school desegregation cases have on education outcomes.