Welcome New IEC Member Jonathan Williams, President & CEO at the National Museum of the Surface Navy
April 13, 2023
Dear IEC Members & Friends,
Please welcome new IEC Member Jonathan Williams, President & CEO at the National Museum of the Surface Navy at the Battleship IOWA / LA Fleet Week, as our next confirmed member of the International Executive Council (IEC). We have included his bio and Linkedin Profile below for your review.’
Jonathan Williams is Co-Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the National Museum of the Surface Navy, Battleship IOWA Museum and President of LA Fleet Week Foundation.
Jonathan successfully led the efforts to acquire and convert the historic Battleship IOWA into a top-rated museum and a community platform for education programming, veterans’ services, and community resiliency. He has led, in partnership with the board, the expansion of the museum into the National Museum of the Surface Navy with a planned opening in 2025.
In his role as Co-Founder of LA Fleet Week and President of the City of Los Angeles Fleet Week Foundation, he led a diverse team of affiliates that rapidly grew the event into a benchmark for other Fleet Week’s. His innovative approach to connecting the public to the sea services has resulted in a significant increase in awareness on the importance of freedom of the seas to our Nation. The week-long event hosts numerous symposiums, exercises, and outreaches focused on community resiliency, disaster preparedness, and displaying the importance of private and public sector relationships.
Since starting his first business in high school in 1992, Jonathan has built a breadth of experience primarily focused on leadership and entrepreneurism. His methodology is focused on creating a vision, implementing a strategy, collaboration with experts, and empowering a team to bring the vision to fruition. Throughout his thirty plus year career, Jonathan has successfully led numerous companies and organizations through restructuring, growth, and operations phases.
In his limited spare time, Jonathan has volunteered in support of the community including roles as a Community Ambassador to the U.S. Navy, Past-President and Director of Historic Naval Ships Association, Executive Producer of Veterans Day LA 2019 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, President and Board Member of San Pedro Property Owners Alliance, and Vice Chair and Board Member of San Pedro Chamber of Commerce.
For his commitment and perseverance, Jonathan has received the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award, President’s Volunteer Service Award for Lifetime Achievement, SSHSA International Commodore of the Year for Southern California, 2019 San Pedro Chamber of Commerce Bold Vision Award, and numerous other awards through his leadership of the Battleship IOWA Museum and LA Fleet Week Foundation.
IEC Member Jonathan Williams, President & CEO at the National Museum of the Surface Navy at the Battleship IOWA / LA Fleet Week