Seth Williams is a director in PFM’s Management and Budget Consulting practice and deputy director of the firm's Center for Justice & Safety Finance. With the Center for Justice & Safety Finance, Seth leads focused work on criminal justice system-wide financial improvement and efficiency initiatives, operational reviews, and workforce and organizational structure analyses. Seth has led the firm’s analysis of criminal justice and public safety agencies in with many notable city and county governments throughout the nation – developing recommendations to reduce expenditures, increase efficiencies and outcomes, and redesign portions of the criminal justice and public safety system for clients of all sizes across the nation. Additionally, Seth leads performance and operational assessments, workforce and organizational structure reviews, and financial improvement initiatives for clients in the mid-Atlantic and New England regions, where PFM’s work has saved millions of dollars in city, county, and state governments to invest in community priorities and economic competitiveness.
Seth serves geographically and demographically diverse state and local governments. He has supported a diverse set of clients, including: the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia; State of Hawaii; Cuyahoga County (OH); Ocean County (NJ); Shelby County (TN); City of Houston (TX); City of Memphis (TN); City of Pittsfield (MA); City of Providence (RI); City of New Orleans (LA); City/County of Philadelphia (PA); City of Trenton (NJ); City of Worcester (MA); and City of Youngstown (OH).
Prior to joining PFM, Seth worked for the Office of the New Jersey Governor as the Cabinet Liaison and Deputy Director of Management and Operations. He was the primary point of contact in the Governor’s Office on operations, budget preparation, organizational management issues, and tactical activities for 12 cabinet departments and sub-cabinet agencies – primarily in areas of criminal justice and public safety.
Seth regularly presents on the intersection of criminal justice and finance to audiences including: the National Association of Counties (NACo), County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania; the New Jersey Associations of Counties; New England Government Finance Officers Association; and Ohio Government Finance Officers Association.