A native of Chicago and graduate of Temple University, Jesse Williams began his career teaching at low-income Philadelphia public charter schools. After moving to New York City and working in law firms, he began his professional acting career off-Broadway with Edward Albee. Williams is currently a star of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and now a director of the veteran series. He served as senior producer and correspondent for the EPIX docuseries “America Divided” with Norman Lear. He executive produced the documentary “Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement.” Jesse gained international renown for his 2016 BET Humanitarian Award acceptance speech, where he eloquently covered a range of issues including police abuse and systemic inequities.
His feature credits include “Cabin In The Woods,” “The Butler” and “Brooklyn’s Finest.” Jesse founded his own production company, farWord Inc., and executive produced “Question Bridge: Black Males,” a series of transmedia art installations, films, curriculum and website. The exhibition is on display at museums such as the National Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture.
Jesse is among the prominent and impactful entrepreneurial faces in tech today, with three leading mobile apps on the market. He launched BLeBRiTY, a charades-inspired mobile game that immediately shot to No. 1 on the Apple App Store charts in two categories. He's also a partner and board member of Scholly, a mobile app that has connected students directly to more than $100 million in scholarships. Jesse is co-founder of the mobile app Ebroji, the first culturally curated GIF keyboard designed specifically to enhance the way a generation and culture already communicates. In addition, he served as curator of tech and innovation at the inaugural ComplexCon. Jesse hosts the Open Run Podcast, which he owns in partnership with LeBron James’ digital network, Uninterrupted. He is also the youngest to sit on the board of directors for both Advancement Project, a leading national civil rights advocacy organization, and Harry Belafonte’s arts and social justice organization, Sankofa.org.