Maxine Williams is the Chief Diversity Officer at Facebook. Her mandate spans people, product and policy spheres, reporting directly to the COO and serving as a member of Facebook’s most senior executive leadership body under the CEO. Maxine’s team works toward increasing the cognitive diversity — different ways of thinking based on different backgrounds, experiences and information — of all Facebook teams and integrating diverse perspectives into policy and product development.
Prior to joining Facebook, Maxine served as the Director of Diversity for a global law firm. She has worked as an attorney in criminal, civil and industrial courts in her native Trinidad and Tobago, and in the UK at the Privy Council. Maxine has also worked with multiple international organizations on development and human rights issues and has had a career as a broadcast journalist, actress and on-air presenter. Maxine is an independent director on the board of the publicly traded Massy Group of Companies. She graduated from Yale University before receiving her law degree with first class honors from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.