Clifton R. S. Williams, III

Director of Public Affairs ClevelandWashington, D.C.
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Clifton serves as a strategic advisor and public policy strategist to clients ranging from corporations, small and medium-sized companies, nonprofit organizations, and associations. Leveraging his relationships with local, state, and federal elected officials, Clifton advocates for clients on a wide range of policy matters.

During his time at Taft, Clifton has helped secure millions of dollars for his clients through federal grants, community-directed spending projects, and local procurement contracts.

Prior to joining Taft in 2021, he served Ohio’s 11th Congressional District, the Office of Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge in multiple capacities in Washington, DC and Northeast Ohio. As District Director, he was responsible for assisting with the development and implementation of the Congresswoman’s strategic legislative agenda and outreach priorities, and served as her top liaison to local elected officials. As Legislative Director in Washington, D.C., he served as the Congresswoman’s lead staffer during the reauthorization process for the No Child Left Behind Act, now known as the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Clifton is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., holding leadership positions at the local, district, and national levels. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity, Global Cleveland, and the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Foundation.

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

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  • 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