Jayson T. Williams
President & CEO
MD Strategic Consulting
Jayson T. Williams’ father was a cab driver in Baltimore for more than 35 years. Growing up, Williams would ride with him on the weekends and his dad required him to talk with each customer.
“At the time I thought it was a punishment, but over time I learned to speak more clearly, how to connect with people in a very real way, and that people are more alike than they realize,” Williams said.
His father would tell him, “People give to people more than people give to causes; be the person, not the cause.”
The lesson inspired him to join public service and that relationship building is the foundation for the two companies he founded: MD Strategic Consulting, a strategic marketing and public affairs firm, and Mayson-Dixon Properties & Development.
Williams began his career working for State Senator President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jr. as a legislative aid and committee analyst. He went on to work for Ben Cardin’s run for Senate and in his Senate office. Most recently, he was involved in Rushern Baker’s election to the County Executive of Prince George’s County and special assistant and senior aide to Baker for the first five years of his administration.
While working for Baker, he was inspired to help organizations tell their stories better and started MD Strategic Consulting from a spare bedroom in 2015. It now has more than 50 clients. Williams said his firm helps people find a strong, personal connection to an organization.
“We help businesses, organizations, nonprofits and individuals tell their stories so achieve their missions,” he said.
Williams also serves as chairman of the Board for the Pride of Baltimore, tall ship and ambassador to the world. In 2018, he secured long-term state funding to stabilize the nonprofit’s finances and get Pride II back in the water after spending 2018 in dry dock.