Carla Denise Cotwright-Williams
Cotwright-Williams obtained her PhD at the University of Mississippi for her research on matroid theory and afterwards worked in faculty positions at various universities. Along the way she completed a graduate certificate in public policy analysis which enabled her to shift to the field of policy. She has worked in the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and now works in the U.S. Department of Defense. She is a 2017 honoree of Mathematically Gifted & Black.