Former State Representative Alan B. Williams is a fifth generation Floridian, an unabashed servant to the people, a proud family man, small business owner and a trailblazer in his own right. Alan grew up in Tallahassee, FL and is the youngest in a family of three children. Alan is a recipient of both a B.S. and M.B.A. from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), a third generation FAMUAN.
While in college, he found his passion for public service. Alan served as a Student Senator where he along with other student senators and members of the Florida Legislature, worked tirelessly to re-establish FAMU’s College of Law. He also led a major campus initiative that resulted in the establishment of FAMU Campus Venom Express (the University’s first intercampus transportation system). During this time, he also served as President of the Alpha Xi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
After college, Alan worked in the private sector until Tallahassee Mayor John Marks recruited him as an Aide serving as liaison between the community and the Office of the Mayor. In 2006, he founded MW Land & Investments, a Florida based property management and business development firm. As President and CEO, Alan promotes business ownership and drives business back into the local community. MW Land & Investments also actively recruits local youth and young professionals to provide them with hand on experience to teach them the importance of business, property, and stock ownership, helping them to gain financial independence and create generational wealth.
Never forgetting the monumental impact that service and leadership made on the lives of those around him, Alan ran for the Florida House of Representatives to represent District 8 (Leon and Gadsden) and was elected in November 2008. Alan was able to use his knowledge of policy and process to immediately tackle important issues. He has a record of championing legislation creating green jobs, economic development, financial literacy and prosperity.
A leader amongst his colleagues, Williams also serves as Democratic Whip, a pivotal position that ensures the Democratic Caucus agenda is enforced and protected. Additionally, Alan committee membership includes: Appropriations, Economic Affairs as the Democratic Ranking Member, Energy & Utilities Committee as the Democratic Ranking Member, Ethics & Election Subcommittee, Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Joint Committee on Public Counsel Oversight, Senate Redistricting Subcommittee, Regulatory Affairs, State Affairs Committee, and Transportation & Highway Safety Subcommittee.
His tireless efforts has resulted in Alan successfully passing legislation creating the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame that recognizes and honor those persons who have made significant contributions to the ever expanding struggle for civil rights in the State of Florida.
Over the years, Alan was honored as a 2012 Henry Toll Fellows, 2012 Florida Dental Association Legislator of the Year, 2011 Northwest Florida League of Cities Legislator of the Year and has also received the American Cancer Society- Legislative Award (2009), Ernestine Butler Social Action Award (2009), and Florida A&M Distinguished Alumni Award, 40 under 40 award (2010).
Alan is a citizen legislator. Dedicated to the success of Tallahassee’s youth, Alan chairs the Alan 4 Youth (A4Y) Initiative annually to encourage, empower and expand the horizons of young people. Alan serves on the Florida Public Service Commission Nominating Council, the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, the National Conference of Black State Legislators Executive Board, the Board of Directors for the United Way of the Big Bend, Second Harvest of the Big Bend, and Guardian Ad Litem.