College Possible Philadelphia is pleased to announce Dia Williams Adams as its new executive director. In this role, Williams Adams will be responsible for guiding College Possible Philadelphia in its mission to make college admission and success possible for students from low-income backgrounds.
Williams Adams joins College Possible Philadelphia from Virtua Health Foundation where she served as director of philanthropy operations. She is a dedicated nonprofit leader with 20 years of experience in health care, education, community development and the federal government.
“I am honored to serve in this new role with College Possible Philadelphia and look forward to working with staff, board members, and donors to help Philadelphia students achieve their goals,” said Williams Adams. “My passion for strengthening communities through access and equity, paired with my experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector will align well with the mission of College Possible Philadelphia. I am excited to be a part of a team that will take College Possible Philadelphia to the next level, and have a positive impact in student’s lives.”
“Dia’s enthusiasm and experience are a great match for College Possible Philadelphia,” said Joseph Divis, College Possible Philadelphia board chair. “We are excited to start working with her as we celebrate our inaugural class of College Possible Philadelphia college graduates and welcome a new cohort of high schoolers into our program during the 2020-21 academic year.”
Prior to her role with Virtua Health, Dia served as the director of donor relations for Delaware State University Foundation, and development manager at the Crozer-Chester Foundation of the Crozer-Keystone Health System. She is the chair and founding board member of Sunday Suppers Philadelphia and serves as an alumni ambassador for Villanova University. Williams Adams completed her undergraduate studies at Neumann University and received her master’s in public administration and certification in nonprofit management from Villanova University.
“We are fortunate to have such an accomplished leader join our regional leadership team,” said College Possible President Craig Robinson. “Williams Adams brings a diverse skillset to her role that will grow our mission to benefit Philadelphia and its students.”