Christopher Williams

Acting Superintendent at Seattle Parks and Recreation

Christopher has devoted 29 years of his professional life to public service and is recognized both for his leadership and his responsiveness to the public he serves. He currently serves as Acting Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Christopher has served in a variety of roles at Seattle Parks, managing the day to day operation of Parks, which includes more than 1,400 employees, 10 swimming pools, 26 community centers, three environmental learning centers, and the maintenance and operation of 6,200 acres of park land containing 400 developed parks. Christopher has served Seattle Parks in a variety of jobs and capacities during his 29-year tenure. Before his appointment as Acting Superintendent, Christopher served Parks as the Deputy Superintendent and Chief of Staff.

Christopher is passionate about parks and recreation because he believes in the work of the organization and makes a difference in the lives of people in the community. He is known for the saying that “Parks and Recreation capture young people while they are in the “hope stages” of their development. Christopher grew up in Seattle and is proud to be a product of the park system he is now privileged to serve.

Christopher is a graduate of Columbia University. He spent eight years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and holds a Master of Business Administration. In March 2011, Christopher was recognized by the Municipal League of King County as the Public Employee of the Year. In 2011, Christopher was also recognized by the National Recreation and Parks Association and presented with a R.O.S.E. (Recognition of Significant Efforts) Award for his professional contribution to the field of Park and Recreation.

Christopher is a member of the Seattle Management Association, Washington Recreation and Parks Association, and the National Recreation and Parks Association. He serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Central Waterfront Partnerships Committee, as an ex-officio member of the Zoo Board of Directors, the Seattle Aquarium Board of Directors, and the Arboretum Botanical Garden Committee, and serves as a co-chair of the National Board of Directors for City Park Alliance.


Urban Park Grant Opportunity - Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP)

Monday, June 20
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM