Brenda J. Williams
Brenda J. Williams is a living model of Las Vegas history. She has been a significant trailblazer in Las Vegas, from integrating both the banking industry in 1963, as well as the workforce at the State of Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles in 1966. As founder and president of the Westside School Alumni Foundation, a 501-c-3 non-profit corporation, Ms. Williams memorialized the historic Westside School by publishing the Alumni book.attended Las Vegas Grammar School #1 (Westside School), Las Vegas High School, Nevada Southern University, Clark County Community College, and the Real Estate School of Nevada. She is a certified management analyst and holds a degree of achievement in Business Management.
Ms. Williams has had a phenomenal work experience. Her sixteen-year State of Nevada career ended in retirement from the Employment Security Department as the Adjudication Supervisor for the southern Nevada office. Additionally, she was a realtor in her spare time. After serving as Governor Richard Bryan’s West Las Vegas co-campaign coordinator for the U.S. Senator, she assistant in his 1988 election and 1994 re-election. She worked in Senator Bryan’s Las Vegas office as his Constituent Services Representative for 12 years. Later she retired from the position of Community Resource Office with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. In 2008, she was appointed to serve as Interim City Councilwoman for Ward 5 in the City of Las Vegas.
Since 2010, Ms. Williams’ primary focus has been preservation of the Historic Westside School and history of those alumni who made significant contributions to the growth of the City of Las Vegas and Clark County. “Westside School Stories: Our School, Our Community, Our Time (1927-1967)” book, which inspired and co-compiled, is an award-winning book which not only includes historic information, but is filled with stories and photos that support the importance of our history in Las Vegas. Under the auspices of the Westside School Alumni Foundation, she designates proceeds from the sale of the book to provide financial assistance and education scholarships to the underserved Las Vegas youth.
She believes in giving back to her community and has volunteered countless hours. She served as the Stakeholders Chairperson for the American Planning Association 2008 National Conference; Board member the Las VEgas Housing Authority; Charter board member and vice chairman of the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority; Charter board member of the Las Vegas Variety Day Home; Advisory board member of Catholic Charities; and was a member of the Las VEgas Community Redevelopment Recommending board.
Ms. Williams’ extraordinary service to the community has hardly gone unnoticed Highlights of her many awards include proclamations and other recognitions: 2001 Nevada Minority Purchasing Council award- Award for 2008 Award for Leadership and Expertise to Develop and Revitalize the Historic West Las Vegas Community – City of Las Vegas; March 2008 Women’s History Month recognition for contributions to the growth and strength of the City of Las Vega; Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority 2011 Award for Commitment and Dedication to Excellence; City of Las Vegas 2013 Historic Preservation Award in recognition of the Westside School Alumni Stories; 2015 Phenomenal Woman recognition; 2015 Award-Black Image Magazine. Ms. Williams has shared Las Vegas’ Black history on KNPR, PBS, the UNLV Web Portal, and other media streams.
In addition to advocating for her community, Ms. Williams volunteers at her great grandaughter’s school. She is the mother of three, with two grandsons, and a great grandmother of two. She enjoys golfing, gardening, and reading the scripture. She is a member at Victory Missionary Baptist Church.