Center City PCS Leadership
President & CEO
Russ E. Williams, Jr. was appointed President and CEO of Center City Public Charter Schools in April 2013, after serving in leadership and teaching roles in Washington, DC charter schools for more than 15 years.
Prior to joining Center City PCS, Mr. Williams was the Executive Director of AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School, where he was responsible for growing the school from one site with 36 students to seven sites serving more than 600 students. He led the school through rapid transformational growth while closing the achievement gap and driving strong outcomes for students. Mr. Williams also served in management roles with DC’s AppleTree Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on improving educational options for the children of DC. From 2003 through 2009, he held the post of Deputy Director and Treasurer and from 1999 through 2003, he served as Director of Operations.
He began his charter school career as a teacher at the Washington Math, Science and Technology Public Charter School in 1998. He received his MBA degree from George Washington University.