Joey Williams is the former Chapter Director of Faith In Kern, part of Faith In The Valley, a PICO affiliate. People Improving Community through Organizing (PICO) is the largest faith based community organizing network in United States. Faith In Kern and PICO CA was instrumental in passage of Prop 47 in 2014, which reclassifies low level, nonsexual, and nonviolent felonies to misdemeanors. Williams also led efforts in Kern and the Central Valley to pass Props 55 (Millionaire's Tax for Schools and Public Safety), 56 (Cigarette Tax) and 57 (Allows Judge's more discretion in sentencing juveniles to life sentences), and was recently hired by PICO CA as it's Integrated Voter Engagement Manager
Joey Williams is a graduate of Santa Barbara City College and the former SBCC ASB President. Williams returned to Bakersfield in 2007 and earned B.A. (History) and M.A. (Sociology) from CSU Bakersfield, and served as a youth pastor for five years working with at risk youth. Williams was himself was a student in Kern High School District, and expelled under "Zero Tolerance", and is a recipient of a felony reclassification under Prop 47.