Kelly M. Williams, J.D.

  • Independent Director

Ms. Williams was appointed in 2015 to the Board of Directors of The Greenbrier Companies (GBX). Ms. Williams is a Senior Advisor to GCM Grosvenor with a focus on diversity and corporate social responsibility. Ms. Williams joined GCM Grosvenor in 2014 and served until June 2015 as President of GCM Grosvenor Private Markets, where she was a member of its Management Committee and also a member of its Investment Committee. Prior to joining GCM Grosvenor, Ms. Williams was a Managing Director and the Group Head of the Customized Fund Investment Group (CFIG) of Credit Suisse Group AG from 2000 to 2014. Ms. Williams joined DLJ (acquired by Credit Suisse in 2000) as a Director of CFIG. She was with Prudential Financial from 1993 to 2000. She was an Executive Director with Prudential's private equity group, where she was a founder of CFIG in 1999. Prior to joining Prudential, Ms. Williams was an associate with Milbank, Tweed. Ms. Williams is a member of the board of the Robert Toigo Foundation, Springboard Enterprises, and is the founding board chair of the Private Equity Women Investor Network. She chairs the LP Advisory Council for Sponsors for Educational Opportunity and serves on the advisory board of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers. She is a Senior Advisor to the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA). Ms. Williams has received many awards throughout her career in the financial services industry and was recognized by the National Organization for Women in 2012 with its Women of Power and Influence Award and was named in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 as one of The Most Powerful Women in Finance by American Banker Magazine. She graduated magna cum laude from Union College in 1986 and received her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law in 1989.