Constance Hess Williams has deep and varied experience as an entrepreneur and consultant in the private sector and as an elected official in the public sector. She graduated from Barnard College with a BA in English and earned her MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Following graduation from college, Williams worked in New York as an editorial assistant at Doubleday & Company, answered viewer mail at NBC, and began a photographic stock house. After she married and moved to Philadelphia, Williams worked for Running Press, as a consultant for the Wharton Small Business Development Center, and as a program officer for the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships. With a background in publishing, marketing, and small business and financial consulting, Williams was the economic development and small business coordinator for Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District
Williams is widely known throughout her community for her strong record of involvement with a special focus on education, the arts, and economic development across broadly diverse regional organizations. She served as the chair of the board of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and is now chair emerita. She was also a trustee of the National Museum of American Jewish History, Steppingstone Scholars, Barnard College, the Episcopal Academy, the Baldwin School, Pine Manor College, and the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia. She is a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania.
Williams resides in Haverford, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Sankey Williams. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.