Williams earned her bachelor's degree in social work at Miles College in 2000 and a master's degree in public administration at UAB in 2013. She served in the U.S. Army from 2000 to 2004 and then worked as an HIV/AIDS prevention specialist and substance abuse counselor for the Alabama Department of Corrections.
In 2011 she left to join the staff of United Way of Central Alabama. She worked with the Black Alliance for Educational Options, a national group which supported charter schools and educational vouchers for families. In 2016 she was hired as executive director of Nashville Rise. She returned to Alabama the next year, and founded Black Alabamians for Education.
Williams successfully challenged incumbent Terri Michal for the District 2 seat on the Birmingham Board of Education in the 2021 Birmingham municipal election. As a candidate she pledged to work to increase parental involvement and expand opportunities for transitioning to college or careers.
In 2022 Michael lodged a complaint with the Alabama Ethics Commission claiming that Williams paid advocacy work conflicted with her responsibilities on the board of education. The Commission found no violations of state law.
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- Wilson, Haley (August 26, 2021) "Neonta Williams Makes History in Birmingham School Board Race" The Birmingham Times
- Green, Peter (April 30, 2023) "In Birmingham Schools, More Days Of Drama" Forbes
- Neonta Williams on Facebook.com