Meet Katie Britt Williams! She’s a Marine Scientist, a cup half full kind of gal, FSU grad, and active in community organizations…we’re already impressed. Read more about Katie and connect with her at an upcoming event!
Where do you work and what is your role?
I work as a Project Manager/Marine Scientist at Cummins Cederberg, a marine and coastal engineering firm located in the Florida Chamber Building in our beautiful downtown Tallahassee! I am a lead project manager helping with environmental permitting and resiliency planning and grant management for coastal communities throughout the state of Florida!
Tell us about your background?
I am a natural resource enthusiast and a “cup half full” kinda gal. Growing up in Polk, I paddled down the Peace River with my Dad a LOT which led me to choose the environmental field. FSU was an easy choice for me, I applied to UF just to get accepted and turn them down, HA! I have worked with the state of Florida during start of my career mostly focused on water resource management and now have loved being on the private side helping all our awesome clients meet their water sustainability goals! Most of my free time is taken up planning adventures with my husband Jared and volunteering with my second love, the Junior League of Tallahassee.
Where are you from?
I am from Winter Haven, Florida in the middle of Polk County!
How did you end up in Tallahassee?
Like many other folks, I came up to Tally to go to FSU in 2010 and had the best college experience anyone could have asked for! My grandparents live in town and it always helped visiting them while in school. I went immediately into working with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection out of undergrad and never looked back. I cannot imagine living anywhere else, even if my high school friends constantly try to get Jared and me (he is from Winter Haven too!) to move back closer to central Florida.
What do you like about Tallahassee?
I have always loved Tallahassee since I came up here to school. I knew there was so much more to it than the “college area” and any time I went for a drive I always found somewhere beautiful and new to look at! 10 years later, I honestly still feel the same way!! It truly is a “big small town” with all the good vibes of a small town, and plenty to do like a big city… Shout out to our gorgeous canopy roads, to this day one of my favorite things to do is just drive down them in Jared’s Jeep with the top down!
What’s on the top of your Tallahassee bucket list?
I still haven’t gotten to go to the Bradfordville Blues Club!
What’s the best part about Access Tallahassee?
Access is a wonderfully unique organization in the sense that it has both a social and professional flare to it. It allows young professionals an avenue to meet when we may not have normally run into each other within our social circles! It was an easy decision for me to join, I love meeting new friends and expanding my circle.
Favorite Access event and why?
Oh man, this is hard, BUT I really do love the virtual coffee conversations lately! I look forward to them when they are on my calendar and now that mostly everyone is experts in Zoom I think we have found fun ways to keep everyone engaged!
What other organizations are you involved in?
- Junior League of Tallahassee, President Elect
- Commissioner on the Status of Women and Girls of Tallahassee/Leon County
- Tallahassee Area Environmental Professionals, Board Member
- Kappa Delta Chapter Advisory Board Member
- Alzheimer’s Association RivALZ (flag football fundraiser for the cause!)