Judy Williams is executive director of Early Learning Ventures (ELV), a nonprofit organization founded by the David and Laura Merage Foundation. In this role, Ms. Williams oversees the ELV and Early Head Start Child Care Partnership. Utilizing an innovative technology platform and infrastructure, ELV delivers shared services, resources, and support that allow child care programs to focus on and increase their efficiency and effectiveness in their daily business operations. Prior to joining ELV, Ms. Williams owned and operated a successful private business and chain of drop-in childcare centers. After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado, Ms. Williams joined the U.S. Army as commissioned officer with specialties and assignments in pediatrics, neonatal intensive care, surgery, and hospital administration. While serving in the U.S. Army, Ms. Williams helped manage one of the Army’s largest general surgery clinics at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii and received several commendations while assigned to the USS Mercy Naval Hospital Ship. Ms. Williams earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s degree from Webster University.