5 Things You Didn't Know About Me
- Former high school teacher
- Plan to become a lawyer
- An experienced sailor
- Art collector
A native of Chicago and graduate of Temple University, Jesse began his professional career teaching American History, African Studies, and English in low income Philadelphia public charter schools. From there Jesse moved to New York City and began his professional acting career, performing off-Broadway in award-winning playwright Edward Albee’s “The Sandbox.” Jesse can presently be seen as series regular, Dr. Jackson Avery in ABC's “Grey’s Anatomy”. His feature credits include “Brooklyn’s Finest”, “The Cabin in the Woods”, "Lee Daniels' The Butler", The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2", "They Die By Dawn" and the upcoming western "The Notorious Nine".
Mr. Williams sits on the Board of Directors for leading national civil rights advocacy organization The Advancement Project. He is also on the Advisory Board of Harry Belafonte's social justice organization Sankofa.
Jesse is the executive producer of Question Bridge: Black Males, a multidimensional art initiative, exhibition, documentary series, curriculum, online platform and mobile app.