Kimberly J. Williams
Chief Innovation Officer
“METRO’s Office of Innovation is proud to support METRO’s efforts to enhance riders’ travel experience. We appreciate the vision and support of the METRO Board in advancing innovative initiatives.”
— Kimberly J. Williams
Kimberly J. Williams is in charge of METRO’s “idea factory.” Her job as chief innovation officer is to look for the latest and greatest developments in transportation and figure out how to make them work for the Houston area.
METRO’s Office of Innovation successfully secured Texas as a recognized autonomous-vehicle proving ground and launched a pilot project with Texas Southern University to operate an autonomous vehicle on campus. The shuttle service could eventually connect with the METRO system.
The office has also been instrumental in a pilot project for Wi-Fi on a limited number of buses and trains as well as other Agency initiatives related to technology and innovation.
Williams is an attorney with extensive experience in law, academia, city and state government affairs and transportation.
She has worked in California, Washington, D.C. and Beijing.
- METRO, Deputy Chief Procurement Officer
- METRO, Chief Administration Officer
- Labor Attorney, city of Houston
- Texas Southern University, Vice President of External Relations
- International Labor Office of Beijing, People’s Republic of China
- Legislative Attorney, Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress
- Legislative Aide to U.S. Representative Barbara Rose Collins (ret.) Member of the House Public Works and Transportation Committee
Professional Associations and Activities
- Member, APTA Board of Directors
- Co-Chair, APTA Procurement & Materials Committee
- Board of Advisors, Young Professionals in Transportation
- Past President Emeritus, Houston Chapter, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO)
- Presided over METRO’s award-winning Small and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Programs
- Emerging Leader of the Year, COMTO
- First Director of the Barbara Jordan Institute for Policy Research, Texas Southern University
- Recipient, Congressional Black Caucus Internship
- Survey Editor, Wayne Law Review
- Past Board Member, Greater Houston Black Chamber
- Past Board Member, Midtown Redevelopment Authority
- Former Treasurer, Greater Channel Chapter of Jack and Jill Inc.
- Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Education and Certifications
- Graduate, ENO Institute Senior Transit Executive Program
- Graduate, Leadership Houston
- Graduate, Leadership APTA
- Certified Mediator and Arbitrator
- J.D., Wayne State Law School, Detroit, Michigan
- B.A., Howard University, Washington, D.C.