Clifton R. S. Williams, III

Director of Public Affairs ClevelandWashington, DC
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Clifton is director of public affairs for Taft’s Public Affairs Strategies Group, the multidisciplinary government relations team that represents corporations, small and medium-sized companies, nonprofit organizations, and associations with matters before federal, state, and local legislative and executive branches of government. Clifton advocates for clients in a wide range of policy matters before state legislative and executive agencies.

Prior to joining Taft in 2021, he served as District Director for Ohio’s 11th Congressional District, the Office of Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge. He was responsible for assisting with the development and implementation of the Congresswoman’s strategic legislative agenda and outreach priorities, and represented her at meetings and community events throughout Northeast Ohio. He met regularly with elected officials and local community groups to form partnerships to advance the office’s strategic outreach priorities. Clifton also oversaw the recruitment, hiring, and training of district Congressional staffers.

Prior to his role as District Director, Clifton also served Ohio’s 11th Congressional District, in Congresswoman Fudge’s Washington DC office in various capacities since 2009. In these roles he was responsible for advising and briefing the Congresswoman, along with drafting legislation and resolutions, amendments, statements, and questions for the record. His responsibilities also included researching, analyzing, and advising her on legislation in the House Committees on Education and the Workforce, Appropriations, Ethics, Ways and Means, Veterans Affairs, Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Science and Technology, and Homeland Security.

Clifton is not licensed to practice law in any state and does not provide legal services.


  • Ohio Wesleyan University (2006)

    Bachelor of Arts in Black World Studies and Religion

Professional Affiliations

  • Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Foundation

    Member, Board of Directors

  • Global Cleveland

    Member, Board of Directors

  • Alpha Political Action Committee

    Member, Executive Committee

  • Leadership Ohio

    Fellow, Class of 2023

Community Involvement

  • Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity

    Member, Board of Directors

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

    Member, Delta Alpha Lambda Chapter