Rodney Williams (‘06, ‘08) is a graduate of the John Chambers College of Business and Economics with degrees in business administration and finance and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in economics. He also holds a master’s degree in integrated marketing and communications from the Reed College of Media.
Williams is the co-founder and president of SoLo Funds, a financial service company offering community banking and lending solutions to Americans in communities that may face hurdles to traditional banking options. Prior to founding SoLo, he launched LISNR, a Visa-backed fintech company, and secured numerous awards and partnerships across retail and financial services. He currently serves as the company’s chairperson.
Williams began his career at Procter & Gamble in brand management where he was a critical catalyst in the company’s digital strategy in e-commerce and social media. Williams was named Ad Age’s “40 Under 40” in 2012; received the Cannes Gold Lion award in 2015; and was chosen for the CNBC “Disruptor 50” List in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019. He is a member of the 2019 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute. He holds an MBA from Howard University. Originally from Baltimore, Williams currently resides in Los Angeles.