Gerri L. Williams


Master’s degree in Communication, Trinity University, Washington, DC

Graduate certificate in international affairs, Trinity University, Washington, DC

Bachelor of Arts degree, Publishing/Communications; minor in Latin American Studies, Simmons College, Boston, MA
Radio production and scriptwriting, WPFW Radio, Washington DC, 2009-ongoing
 Proficient in Word and Audacity audio editing
Language training, Foreign Service Institute. Conversant in Portuguese and Spanish

Trained public speaker, Toastmasters International


As Producer
(2010) "Hurricane Katrina: Legacies and Lessons." Researched, wrote script, selected audioclips, and assembled expert panel for hour-long live (in-studio and remote) broadcast on fifth-year commemoration of the Gulf Coast disaster. WPFW Radio, Washington, DC. 

As Host
(2012) Occupy DC and McPherson Square encampments post-eviction. "Freedom of Speech" program, with co-host Luke Stewart. WPFW Radio, Washington, DC. February 8, 2012

As Interviewer/Recorder/Audio Editor
"The Enduring Legacy of Copper Mining: A Community Dilemma." Gerri Williams interviews environmental lawyer Paula Maccabee from about the proposed Polymet mine in Northern Minnesota.  She talks with Bill Carter, author of "Boom, Bust Boom" on the long-term damaging effects of copper mines around the world. Aired on Radio Ecoshock, December 11, 2013

"Survivor Soul Food."  African American culinary historian Michael Twitty on black farmers, climate change and safe seeds. Aired on Radio Ecoshock, February 20, 2013

"Destruction and Impunity" on epic oil spills in Nigeria. Aired on Radio Ecoshock, November 28, 2012
 Interviews for the DC Environmental Film Festival: Alexandra Cousteau, Robert Cole and Harry Lynch. Aired on WPFW Radio, March 13, 2012 

“A Community of Gardens.” Interview with filmmaker Cynthia Cabib. Aired on WPFW Radio Community Comment, March 1, 2010


As Subject
Profiled in Making Home: Adapting Our Homes and Lives to Settle in Place by Sharon Astyk. New Society Publishers, 2012

As Author
(January 2011) "Will Peak Oil Squeeze World's Energy Spigot?" The Washington Diplomat

(August 2009) “A ‘Green Home’ in Hillcrest,” Capital Community News

 Book Reviews
(2008) The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Self-Reliance by Rob Hopkins and  Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front by Sharon Astyk  on

(2009) A Nation of Farmers by Sharon Astyk, on
(2008) Conversations with Wendell Berry, Morris Allen (ed.)
Other Writings 

“The Poison of Unspeakable Things”: Parade and the Leo Frank Case
This essay was written during the production run of "Parade," at the Ford's Theater, September 23-October 30, 2011. Another version appears on the Ford's website.

 (March 2006) “Speaking in Many Tongues” [on language diversity and Wikipedia]. Media Emerging, U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Information Programs, p. 33-34
(August 2006) “Standing for Miss Rosa,” Friends Journal, Vol 52, No. 8, p. 17, 37
Film Reviewer for Village News, monthly English-language publication, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1993-94
As Editor
Water Highlights, quarterly publication of the Water Resources Research Institute of the University of the District of Columbia
Reinventing the Center City, University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs

-"Unjustly Accused" presentation on Leo Frank and Troy Davis, sponsored by The Innocence Project Student Association, University of the District of Columbia School of Law, November 2011
Workshops and demonstrations on urban food production and preservation, Emergence Cultural Arts Center, Washington, DC, 2009-2011
-Presenter, "Interrogating Diversity" Conference, 3/2008, American University, Washington DC
-“Building a Resilient Community,” 12/2008, DCTV, Washington,DC
- Non-governmental organization representative and workshop leader on anti-apartheid strategies for international participants, UN Decade for Women Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, 1985
 Lecture and Research Topics

  • Personal and Social Resilience in a Time of Change
  • The Historic Abolitionists: Models for Social Organizing.


American Friends Service Committe Nobel Peace Prize Task Group member (

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