Kathy Williams has built a career over more than three decades combining leadership and managerial competency with solid, progressive experience in operations, accounting, finance and financial systems. Starting her professional career at a “Big Four” public accounting firm, Kathy went on to hold senior finance positions with large companies. Major endeavors included an initial public offering of a privately held organization and managing through the merger transition of two publicly traded organizations to form a multi-billion-dollar global organization.
For the past 15 years, Kathy has served as CFO, CAO and CQO at Zoo Atlanta. During this time, Kathy led Zoo Atlanta’s strategic planning effort to define a site strategy for the Zoo. She also served as a key member of a three-person team responsible for developing and implementing plans to partner with local governments to refinance and re-capitalize the Zoo. Through these efforts, Zoo Atlanta emerged as a debt-free institution for the first time since the late 1990’s, raised funding for conservation commitments and made a significant positive impact on future Zoo infrastructure.
Kathy’s other recent accomplishments at Zoo Atlanta include leadership in the development of the Zoo’s new facility master and strategic business plans as well as efficiency of peak season operations, quality improvements in a variety of operating areas including guest amenities and events, as well as delivery of the largest sustainable energy and water conservation improvement project in Zoo history.
A CPA and Cum Laude graduate of the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Kathy is also involved in her community through her church school of religion and as treasurer of the local Boy Scout Troop.