HU Employee Spotlight: Frank Williams
At Humanity United, we are proud to work with a talented and dedicated team that brings curiosity, empathy and creativity to our commitment to create a world with greater peace and dignity.
Each month, we will highlight one of our team members and invite you to meet the individuals that make so much of our work possible.
Name & position?
Frank Williams | Director, IT, Facilities and Security
Have you had any unusual pets?
No unusual pets for me, but friends and roommates have had some interesting pets from hedgehogs to ferrets. I once lived with someone who had a pet alligator. It stayed in the finished attic and was able to roam freely up there. It lived in a makeshift home, which was just a rubbermaid storage container with a square door cut out of the side. I had to go up there for something one night and it was completely dark. I slowly crept across the room until I heard it hiss at me mid-step. I froze for a hot second and then booked it down the stairs. You wonder what state this was in Indiana.
What’s the best book you’ve read lately?
The Art of Comforting: What to Say and Do for People in Distress, by Val Walker. With everything happening in this world, as well as personal experiences, I wanted to get better at comforting people who have experienced loss.
What do you do for fun?
Listen to music and occasionally pull out some vinyl, hike around the numerous parks in the East Bay Area, and go bowling. I have my own ball and shoes, although I’m not a great bowler… but I look good!
What was your first job?
Red Lobster, making the cheddar bay biscuits. They were too cheap to provide a mixer so I had to mix everything by hand. There’s a reason it tastes better than the store-bought mix. At least I don’t get asked about the recipe anymore!
What is the most adventurous thing you’ve done?
You want to know adventure? How about getting married and having a baby 10 days later! But let’s kick it up a notch. The baby is in a cramped NICU room with lights blinking and devices beeping. My five year old daughter, Leila, said to my wife and I with glee, “this is our honeymoon!” No Leila, this is the opposite of a honeymoon. All is well now, but I’ve had my fill of adventure for the next few years.
Favorite travel location?
Vancouver. Who doesn’t like Vancouver?!
Favorite food indulgence?
Picking a favorite food is like asking me to pick a favorite child; it will never happen. I love all foods… except for you, split pea soup.
What is something about you that may surprise others?
I was a scratch DJ in a funk band in college. Unfortunately the People team said I can’t divulge my DJ name.
What inspires you?
Music. I can’t live without it. It has something for every feeling and occasion. It kills me to know that the song that will speak to me most is one I may never hear. So I continue my search for the wisdom, harmony, and soul of notes that get me through the day and give me peace at night.