Dr. Carla Cotwright-Williams works with the Department of Defense (DoD). Prior to working with the DoD, she began her public service in Academia - serving over 10 years in research and teaching. She has conducted research with both NASA and the U.S. Navy. She has worked as a congressional staffer. During her time on Capitol Hill, she worked as a staffer on the majority staff of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and a House personal office.
She has served as the 2015 Hardy-Apfel Information Technology (IT) Fellow at the U.S. Social Security Administration in Baltimore, MD. As an IT Fellow, Dr. Cotwright-Williams worked on a variety of high profile IT projects including creating fraud analytics in the Office of Anti-Fraud Programs and the launch of SSA’s cloud infrastructure (Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW)) whose primary goal is to improve accessibility to a critical asset, its data.
Dr. Cotwright-Williams has been an invited speaker and panelist across the nation speaking to diverse audiences about her research, career transitions, and mentoring. Dr. Cotwright-Williams holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics and serves as the Outside Academia Representative for the National Association of Mathematicians.