With over 30 years of leadership experience, Navarra R. Williams joined SAMMinistries in August of 2007 as President and CEO. Williams and his SAMMinistries' team have developed several new ministries including a very successful Homeless Prevention Program.
With many years of volunteer and board of director positions with several local non-profits, his service to the community compliments his business and leadership abilities giving him a well-rounded approach to the service of the homeless. In 2009, Williams was recognized by CPS Energy and presented an "Amazing Energy" Award in the field of Community Service.
SAMMinistries has received the 4-star rating (the top score) from Charity Navigator for an unprecedented four years in a row. In June 2012, the San Antonio Business Journal recognized the seven San Antonio non-profits receiving this rating. Based on Charity Navigator’s rating system, the leading charity evaluator in the United States, SAMMinistries earned the top spot on this impressive list.
Navarra has been active in all aspects of the San Antonio community. From The Carver Academy, where he worked with David Robinson to create an innovative school for underprivileged children, to his instrumental work in generating 5,000 new jobs for major corporations such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin during the Kelly Air Force Base conversion, Navarra has strived to improve the lives of the citizens of San Antonio. Navarra also chaired the campaign for the Carver Complex which raised $6 million for capital improvements to the Carver Community Cultural Center and the Little Carver Civic Center.
Prior to joining SAMMinistries, Navarra worked for 23 years as an executive in the cable television industry. During his career, Navarra led companies in the Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, San Antonio and San Francisco markets. He was recognized industry-wide on several occasions including the NAMIC’s Hall of Fame (1992), CTAM Research Award (1997), and NAMIC’s Winston H. Tony Cox Executive Leadership Award (2002).
He earned a Bachelor of Science Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude from the University of Baltimore and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis.