Oliver Williams is the newest Victory Congressional Fellow named by LGBTQ+ Victory Institute.
This competitive 10-month fellowship brings one outstanding young LGBTQ+ professional to Capitol Hill to work in the Congressional Equality Caucus, supporting the Executive Director of the Caucus. As a fellow, Williams will also participate in a leadership development program that explores the policy-making process, includes our Candidate & Campaign Training, and dives into the pressing issues facing the LGBTQ+ community. His fellowship begins on August 28, 2023, and ends on June 28, 2024. Read more about Williams below:
Oliver Williams (he/him) is a queer trans athlete from Portland, Oregon. Oliver obtained a bachelor’s degree in public policy analysis from The Ohio State University, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the Outstanding Senior Leadership Award – given to less than 0.1% of undergraduates – for his years in competition and in service to his community.
Previously, Oliver served as a page for the Ohio Senate Minority Leader and has worked predominately in the community organizing space, leading campaigns for local races and mobilizing civic engagement throughout his community. Oliver is passionate about LGBTQIA+ equity, particularly in the areas of electoral policy and trans inclusion in sports. In his undergraduate thesis, he evaluated the role of gerrymandering in redistricting in Ohio.
Oliver is passionate about addressing disenfranchisement and ensuring adequate representation for the queer community at all levels of government. He also helped found the Big Ten Queer Student-Athlete Coalition to advocate for the needs and visibility of LGBTQIA+ athletes. Oliver is proud to be a staunch advocate for the trans community and is dedicated to incorporating his advocacy for underserved communities into all of his professional endeavors.