Chief Development Officer, The Bipartisan Policy Center, and AFP Global Board
Tycely Williams, an award-winning C-Suite executive, leads inclusive and innovative teams who have raised & managed more than $600 million dollars in her twenty-five-year career. As chief development officer for The Bipartisan Policy Center, she crafts strategies to fuel the best ideas from both political parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans.
Tycely most recently served as chief development officer for America’s Promise Alliance, the largest alliance of youth-serving organizations in the U.S. She’s also advanced philanthropy as vice president of development of YWCA USA, chief development officer for the American Red Cross National Capital Region, association director of major gifts for the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, director of development for two health and human services organizations, artistic director of two community-based dance studios, and executive director for a nonprofit organization founded by a Fortune 500 company.
Tycely is past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Washington DC Metro Chapter and the inaugural chair of AFP’s Women’s Impact Initiative. She is the immediate past global chair of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and serves as a director. She chairs the governing boards of The Nonprofit Alliance Foundation, Monument Academy Public Charter School, and YWCA National Capital Area. She also serves as a director for Leadership Greater Washington, The Institute for Responsible Citizenship Rising Media Stars, and The Blackbaud Giving Fund, where she represents the not-for-profit sector at the 10th largest donor-advised fund in America. Since 2020, The Blackbaud Giving Fund has transferred over $1 billion to more than 195,000 nonprofits.
A cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University, Tycely earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with distinguished departmental honors and a minor in Journalism. Tycely possesses an Executive Master’s in Leadership from The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University with postgraduate certificates in Fundraising from Boston University, Nonprofit Management from Duke University, and a Public Leadership Credential from Harvard University. She teaches Fundraising and Leadership at The Pennsylvania State University, while consulting on global social impact projects with Changing Our World.
Tycely is a joyful divorcée who enjoys stamping her passport, crashing charitable fundraising galas, taste-testing fried green tomatoes and conversing with values-driven leaders in preparation for her first book. In her spare time, she volunteers with Junior League of Washington, The Links, Incorporated, Tri Delta, and Women’s Foundation of Alabama, where she co-founded The Brilliant Black Girl Collective, a giving circle exclusively benefiting brilliant Black girls in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.