Brian A. Williams Esq.

Brian A. Williams, is the Founder/President of Aspire 2 Consulting, LLC, a Supplier Diversity Consulting firm based in Miami, Florida. The firm’s philosophy is to “Apply Strategic Programming and Research Effectively” to design the most effective and efficient strategies to generate opportunities for qualified small, disadvantaged, or minority owned business enterprises.

Mr. Williams formally served as the Economic Development Officer for the School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida (4th largest School District in the United States) and is responsible for managing the Office of Economic Opportunity for Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS). As a member of MDCPS Senior Staff, he is responsible for facilitating, promoting and ensuring direction and leadership in the development and implementation of M-DCPS’ business growth strategy; accountable for planning, directing, and overseeing the development of new business and strategic partnerships for small and minority/women business enterprises to participate in the award and performance of School Board contracts. Mr. Williams has direct supervision over vendor certification, contractor prequalification, compliance monitoring, workforce development, and community outreach for MDCPS.

Mr. Williams was appointed as the Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity for M-DCPS in February 2013 where he was tasked with ensuring small and minority owned local business participation in the District’s $1.2 billion General Obligation Bond work designed to renovate and enhance all schools within the District.   As head of the OEO, he was instrumental in creating an Inter-local Agreement between the School Board, Miami-Dade County, and Miami-Dade College which established a more centralized certification process for small business enterprises in Miami-Dade County.  Under Mr. Williams’ leadership the Office of Economic Opportunity has certified over 750 small businesses enterprises within a three-year period. Mr. Williams also spearheaded the creation of a Strategic Alliance between the U.S. Small Business Administration and M-DCPS.  Most recently, Mr. Williams forged three strategic MOUs with the Florida Small Business Development Center Network, Hispanic Business Initiative Fund and the Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP.  In June 2014, Mr. Williams launched the Tri-County Alliance for Diversity, connecting the supplier diversity leaders from neighboring school districts, state colleges and county governments.  Mr. Williams has facilitated this group and encourages the sharing of ideas and best practices among each government agency.

Prior to his appointment to the Office of Economic Opportunity, Mr. Williams served three years as the Assistant School Board Attorney for the Construction/Business Division.  In this role, he served as legal advisor to both the Chief Facilities Officer and the Chief Procurement Officer.  In addition to his legal career with the School Board, Mr. Williams also acquired extensive litigation experience while working as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County and through his practice at civil litigation firms in Miami, Fort Myers, and Naples, Florida.  He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and admitted to practice in U.S. Federal Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

In 2014, Mr. Williams was recognized by the Minority Chamber of Commerce as the Economic Development Director of the Year. Furthermore, his legal accomplishments and abilities have been recognized by such publications as Florida Super Lawyers and Florida Trend Magazine. In January of 2015, Mr. Williams’s co-authored an article titled “Government Contracting Preference Programs After Schuette: What’s Next? Achieving Parity Through Race-Neutral Methods” published in The Construction Lawyer Journal, an American Bar Association publication.

Mr. Williams currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust, Board of Directors for the Florida Association of Minority Business Enterprise Officials representing District 4 (Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties), Board of Trustees for the Sanibel Sea School (Sanibel, Florida), and Board Member for the Urban Construction Craft Academy.  He is a member of the American Contract Compliance Association and The National Institute of Governmental Purchasing and has been a guest lecturer at Florida International University and the University of Miami.  Past roles and membership have included Vice-President of Development for the 100 Black Men of South Florida and President of the Isaac Anderson Jr. Bar Association.

Mr. Williams was born in Detroit, Michigan and attended public schools in the Detroit and Cleveland Metropolitan areas.  He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and his law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. 

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