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Former Ohio Senate, House Member Sandra R. Williams is Fall 2022 Commencement Speaker

Former Ohio Senate, House Member Sandra R. Williams is Fall 2022 Commencement SpeakerCharter Communications-Spectrum’s Director of State Government Affairs will address graduates at Wolstein Center Dec. 18

CLEVELAND (November 13, 2022)—Former member of the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives Sandra R. Williams will serve as Keynote Speaker at the Fall 2022 Commencement exercises at Cleveland State University at the Wolstein Center on the CSU campus Sunday, December 18 at 1 p.m.

Williams, who joined Charter Communications-Spectrum as Director of State Government Affairs earlier this year, served in the Ohio Senate representing the 21st district from 2014 - 2022. Her Ohio House of Representatives tenure spanned from 2007-2014; her district included the eastern two-thirds of Cleveland, as well as the east-side suburbs of Bratenahl, Cleveland Heights, Garfield Heights, Newburgh Heights, Shaker Heights and University Heights.

She is currently responsible for developing and implementing government affairs strategies for Charter Communications-Spectrum in Northeast Ohio.  

As a member of the Ohio General Assembly, she earned a reputation for working across party lines, serving as Ranking Member on the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee, Senate Workforce and Higher Education Committees, Education Committee and Senate Ways and Means Committee. She also served on numerous committees including those related to small business, transportation, finance, health and corrections institution inspection.

Williams spent more than three decades in public service—as a corrections officer, probation and parole officer, mediator for the State of Ohio, and legislative aide. She also served our country as a member of the United States Army Reserve and was honorably discharged in 1995. In addition to her legislative duties, Williams previously served as the Vice Chairwoman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party and taught courses at both Tiffin University and CSU.

A native of Cleveland where she attended Cleveland Public Schools, Williams holds a bachelor’s degree from CSU in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice, a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Tiffin University, and an Executive MBA from CSU.

Williams also holds certificates in Regulatory Studies and Accounting and Ratemaking from Michigan State University-Institute of Public Utilities and ‘Mastering Negotiations: Building Agreements Across Boundaries’ from Harvard Kennedy School-Executive Education.

She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Tiffin University.

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