TFA Graduate Fellows Program

Cohort 2

Alexis Williams

Master of Science in Community Development


I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
— Jimmy Dean
Alexis has a strong passion for the state of African American education and its direct effect on the community. She aspires to be an educational advocate for low socioeconomic areas through the establishment of nonprofit organization that directly benefit children.

Alexis was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. Alexis graduated from Alabama State University and earned a Bachelor’s of Art in Public Relations. Upon graduation, she joined Teach For America Mississippi. During her commitment, she served as a 6th grade English-Language Arts teacher in Indianola, MS at Carver Upper Elementary School. Alexis currently works for Delta Health Alliance as a Literacy Fellow. She provides intense reading interventions for 3rd grade students throughout the Deer Creek Promise Community. Alexis has a strong passion for opening students’ eyes to possibilities in this world.

Her social entrepreneurship project focuses on increasing Delta students’ exposure to literature by revitalizing public libraries and organizing individual student libraries. Her goal is to provide access to a variety of literature to Delta students through ongoing book drives and the establishment of pop-up bookshops. Alexis believes that children of this region live in low incomes neighborhoods, with several other family members, little to no national/ global exposure and limited resources. She wants to combat the notion you’re your zip code has more to do with your life expectancy than your genetic code. Alexis plans to work tirelessly to make gains toward global literacy.

Fun Fact: Alexis is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.