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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 41

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Grace Williams

Doctor/Economic Developer
18,731 votes (16.2%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Strengthen public schools by creating a federal Careers First Program in public K-12 schools to promote technical skills training and entrepreneurship in our K-12 schools.
  • Improve job placement services for military veterans and increase access to services for professional mentorship, and mental and behavioral health needs.
  • Improve federal investments in local infrastructure for economic development, as well as funding toward non-profit services.



University of Southern California DPPD, Public Policy, Planning & Development (2016)
University of La Verne M.S., Organizational Leadership & Management (2010)
University B.S., Urban & Regional Planning w/emphasis in Civil Engineering (1997)

Community Activities

Founder, Developed the MARS program to train manufacturing skills in high schools that lead to manufacturing jobs out of high school. (2015–current)
Director, Won $5.5 of federal funds to develop a 20,000 square foot skills training and job placement center for communities in District 41. (2018–current)
Project Manager, Facilitated government partnerships and entitlement and permitting processes for a transitional housing project for homeless veterans. (2009–2015)
Project Director, Formed partnerships and funding to complete an approximate $20 million flood control project to protect military base and 300+ homes in District 41. (2011–2013)



I’m a U.S. Army veteran, a second-generation immigrant, a small business owner, and a working mom.  I grew up in poverty before attending the University of Southern California to study civil engineering. I’ve worked in community and economic development for 20 years and around the March Air Reserve Base for over 10 years with the March JPA where I managed projects related to housing for homeless veterans, healthcare, commercial and industrial developments.  I’ve brought over $25 million in public and federal funds to our congressional district for new infrastructure and job training programs.  In 2018, under my leadership, the City of Perris won a $5.5 million federal grant to build a skills training and job placement center where residents, veterans, and disabled workers can be certified in welding, advanced manufacturing, and nursing.  Our District plays an important role in the nation’s economy but the federal government continues to ignore what communities need locally.  I’m running for Congress to bring federal attention to our region to address issues like poverty, homelessness, education, mental and behavioral health, public-private partnerships for small businesses and economic development. Our district deserves a leader like me in Congress who’s invested in the future of our youth and the strength of our military base, residents, veterans and business owners. EDUCATION: Doctorate in Policy, Planning & Development (USC); M.S., Organizational Leadership & Management (University of La Verne); B.S., Urban Planning with Civil Engineering emphasis (USC).  WEBSITE: WWW.DRGRACEFORCONGRESS.COM. PHONE: 951-416-0033


Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $40,406

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Grace Williams
Employees of Lee & Associates Realty
Employees of Aurman Services
Employees of Aranza, Humbert
Employees of University of Southern California

More information about contributions

By State:

California 70.28%
Texas 28.01%
AA 0.93%
Maryland 0.78%

By Size:

Large contributions (91.56%)
Small contributions (8.44%)

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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