Meredith Williams, Acting Director

Meredith Williams, Deputy Director

Meredith Williams is the acting director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). She was selected to serve as acting director by Secretary Blumenfeld on January 9, 2019.

Meredith joined DTSC in December 2013 as the Deputy Director of DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products program to lead the implementation of California’s groundbreaking program to reduce toxic chemicals in consumer products. She has expertise in research and development, product management, and operations for Fortune 500 technology, consumer product, and chemical companies including Applied Materials and 3M.

Following her work for Fortune 500 companies, she held a number of leadership positions at the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI), a nationally-recognized center for science in support of aquatic resource management.

Meredith strives for collaborative solutions to complex problems and has a track record of championing interdisciplinary project management approaches. She holds B.S. from Yale University and a Ph.D. in physics from North Carolina State University.