Damian Williams is the U.S Attorney in Manhattan, Southern District of New York. He’s the first black person in 232 years to hold this position!
Damian was born in Brooklyn to Jamaican parents.
He graduated in 2002 from Harvard University, where he majored in economics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned an MPhil in international relations at Cambridge University and also holds a JD from Yale Law School.
At Harvard, Damian won the Detur Book Award, the John Harvard Scholarship, the Ron Brown Scholarship, the Harris Prize. He was named the Lionel de Jersey Harvard Scholar for 2002, under which he studied at Cambridge. At Yale, he was an editor of The Yale Law Journal.
Damian has served on the Board of Directors of Human Rights First, the Council on African American Affairs, and Boys Speak Out. After law school, Damian clerked for Judge Merrick B. Garland on the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, and for Justice John Paul Stevens on the US Supreme Court.
You’ve done us proud Damian, and we recognize you among the Most Influential People of African Descent.