Toni-Michelle Williams is an auto-theorist, performance artist, embodied leadership/somatics coach, and is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative, Inc. (SNAPCO). Grounded in humor and joy, she is a celebrated community organizer in prison abolition/ criminal (IN)justice reform issues and leadership development for Black transgender, LGBQ people, sex workers, people living with HIV (PLHIV), and Black youth. She has co- led city wide campaigns that have incubated the Atlanta Policing Alternatives and Diversion Initiative, cannabis reform, sex worker protections, closing down the Atlanta City Detention Center (ACDC), and police accountability for the families of Alexia Christian, Scout Schultz, DeAundre Phillips, Tee Tee Dangerfield and Rayshard Brooks.
Toni-Michelle embodies supernatural grace and sacred silliness as a tool to tap into joy and satisfaction. She believes in the power of collective transformation of Black people and serves as a somatics teacher with generative somatics, an organization committed to bringing politicized somatics to movement building, and a student of Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD), a group dedicated to rebuilding Black movement infrastructure, for the past five years. Toni-Michelle holds a B.A. in Mass Communications and Journalism from Norfolk State University and has served as a policy member of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms 2019 Taskforce to Reimagine and Repurpose the Atlanta City Detention Center and Atlanta Police Use of Force Taskforce in 2020 after the murder of Rayshard Brookes.
As a graduate of the DeKalb Public School System, she is committed to supporting the safety, livelihood and expression of Black and LGBTQ youth throughout metro Atlanta and around the world through comprehensive sexual education, transformative and restorative justice approaches to conflict, art and activism.
Her work has been featured in OUT Magazine, Essence, AU Magazine, POZ Magazine, Project Q Magazine and more. She is affectionately known for her contagious laughter, on the spot musical breaks, and undeniable light. To learn more about her work with SNaPCo visit www.snap4freedom.org.