Lauren Williams

Capital B

Lauren Williams is cofounder and CEO of Capital B, a nonprofit local-national news organization serving Black audiences that launched in January 2022. Before starting Capital B, Lauren was senior vice president and editor in chief of Vox, where she managed editorial and business operations for the explanatory news network. In addition to, Lauren oversaw one of YouTube’s largest news channels and more than a dozen podcasts, including the daily news show Today, Explained, and a TV operation anchored by the Netflix franchise Explained. Lauren previously served as executive editor and managing editor at Vox and has also been an editor at Mother Jones and deputy editor at The Root. She lives in Arlington, Va., with her husband, son, and daughter.