New Orleans native takes top post at Houston’s Energy Corridor District

(Courtesy Houston Energy District) Elijah Williams
A New Orleans native is now at the helm of the Energy Corridor District, a management district in west Houston that’s home to the headquarters and regional offices of some of the world’s most prominent global energy and energy services firms.

Elijah Williams assumed the position of executive director earlier this month. He succeeds Clark Martinson, who stepped down in February 2018 after nearly 15 years.

Williams previously served as the legislative liaison for NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He also served in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Small Business Administration and at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., and later led his own consulting firm advising clients in strategy, government relations and business development.

Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in management from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, where he was born and raised. He also earned a master’s degree in public administration from Texas Southern University’s Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs in Houston. He also earned a certification in legislative studies from Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute.

Williams will lead The Energy Corridor District’s efforts to shape initiatives in the areas of transportation and mobility, public amenities, infrastructure, public safety, urban design and business development in one of the Houston region’s most important business centers.