Arizona Alliance of Black
After term limits ended his stint as Council member in January of 2002, Mr. Williams took the reins of the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce (GPBCC) in March 2002. For nearly five years Mr. Williams helped grow the Chamber into one of the most recognized and respected business and commerce organizations in the state of Arizona. In 2003, he became the fifth African American to be inducted into the State of Arizona’s Democratic Hall of Fame. In 2004. He was also recognized for his dedicated services as a member of the Governor’s African American Advisory Council. He was the ASU College of Architecture and Environmental Design's 2002 Convocation Award winner for distinguished achievement. That award honored him for his vision and revitalization efforts in District 8 and the City of Phoenix. Annually, he is recognized as being one of the Valley’s most influential citizens by The Business Journal and other statewide publications. .
On August 20, 2007, Williams was appointed to the position of Maricopa County Justice of the Peace, South Mountain Justice Court (SMJC). Mr. Williams is the only African American Justice of the Peace in the 26 Justice Courts in Maricopa County. Judge Williams is currently running in his 4th election for the position in August of this year. The SMJC is roughly bounded by South Mountain on the south, the Salt River on the north, 83rd Avenue on the west, and 48th Street on the east. The SMJC handles over 12,000 cases annually in the areas of Civil Suits, Protection Orders, Criminal Misdemeanors, Civil and Criminal Traffic Violations, Forcible Detainers, Jury Trials, and Weddings. The SMJC also generates over $2 million dollars in collected revenues annually.
Judge Williams is married to Jeri Williams, the first female Chief of Police for the City of Phoenix, AZ. He has three children Alanna JaQuey, Alan Travis, and Cody Jerard, and one grandson Michael Griffin.
Justice of the Peace Cody Williams, South Mountain Justice Court (SMJC) was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. Cody Williams is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Arizona State University, and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. After receiving his degree in Finance, with an Accounting minor, Mr. Williams worked as a Stock Broker with Paine Webber, a Commercial & Consumer Loan Officer with MeriBank, in Human Resources with Security Pacific Bank and Intel and as Coordinator of the Minority and Woman owned business program for the City of Phoenix. In the summer of 1993, Mr. Williams resigned from the City of Phoenix employ in order to run for a City Council seat in Phoenix, AZ. He was elected in November and served as a Council member for the eight years from 1994 to 2002, where representing over 165,000 citizens in the city’s 8th District. Before he left the Council, Williams was credited with bringing over $6 billion in new development and resources to the once frowned upon area he grew up in.
"Closing achievement gaps is a critical issue. The performance of Blacks is systematically different from that of other racial and ethnic groups. Decreasing gaps in student achievement means that we must increase the learning gains of Blacks."
- National Education Association
"The gap between teachers and students of color continues to grow. Over the past three years, the demographic divide between teachers and students of color has increased by 3 percentage points, and today, students of color make up almost half of the public school population. But teachers of color are just 18 percent of the teaching profession."
- Center for American Progress
"African-American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers. Black students make up 18% of the students in the CRDC sample, but 35% of the students suspended once, and 39% of the students expelled."
- U.S. Department of Education
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AzABSE pledges to continue serving as educational advocates for children who have been poorly served in the past. We further pledge to ensure that African-American and all other diverse students are effectively educated in the present and are accorded priorities for the future. We pledge to lead the way through the creation of a concrete model that demonstrates the goals of academic and cultural excellence.