Ada Williams Prince
Ada commits her time and energy to social change because she is driven by a desire to build a global pipeline of leaders who will create the world that we want for their children.
She began her international explorations at the tender age of 17, when she left home to live in Greece “to see the world.” There, she first experienced that powerful human connections are possible regardless of people’s origins. She went on to earn degrees in the U.S. and England before initiating her impressive professional arc. Ada served as director of policy for OneAmerica, where she spearheaded internal planning for the organization’s gender equity policy. From there, she became program officer at the Marguerite Casey Foundation and now is the Program Strategy Lead at Pivotal Ventures.
Ada has worked on global poverty and human rights issues since the 1990s in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. She’s worked with a range of organizations including the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Survivors, Save the Children UK, Refugees International, the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance/USAID as well as many others, which has allowed her to live everywhere from Brussels to Nepal. From her current home base in Seattle, she serves on the board of directors of IDEX/Thousand Currents, the Women’s Funding Alliance and previously served on the boards at Neighborhood House and the Refugee Women’s Alliance in Seattle and was chair of the board of directors of Wandsworth Women’s Aid UK, a domestic violence shelter. At iLEAP, she is able to marry her diverse skills with those of our fellows.
Complementing Ada’s passion for social justice is her preoccupation with good food. She admits that the best way to get her attention is to offer her a snack. If an entire meal is proffered, she’s putty in your hands.