Joslyn N. Williams is the first African-American President of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO, having been first elected in 1982 and re-elected every three years since. Formerly, he had been the Director of AFSCME Council 26, representing federal employees. As an employee at the Library of Congress, Mr. Williams increased membership in its union threefold. He served as the Assistant Director of the AFL-CIO Department of Field Mobilization, and is a former regional director of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. Mr. Williams has served in the District of Columbia as a member of many boards and commissions, including the Tax Revision Commission, the Unemployment Compensation Study Commission, the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, the DC Convention Center Advisory Board, and commissions which developed proposals for health care coverage, and telecommunications and cable television. He is also Vice Chairman of the Workforce Investment Council in the District of Columbia. Mr. Williams served as an election observer for the first universal elections in South Africa, and has traveled extensively in Europe, Africa and Central America representing the AFL-CIO, including to Swaziland for a continental trades union conference in 2015. Mr. Williams retired from the presidency of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO in March 2016, but continues to be active in local, national and international projects and issues with the labor council and the AFL-CIO. He is a native of Jamaica and currently resides in the District of Columbia. Mr. Williams is an appointee of the Mayor of the District of Columbia.
Mr. Williams is Co-Chair of the Human Resources Committee. He also serves on the Business Administration, Dulles Corridor, Ethics Review, Risk Management, Strategic Development, and Sustainability Committees.