Sahara Williams is an engineer, entrepreneur, small business advocate, youth enthusiast, and ardent volunteer. She started her own engineering and management company, Enginuity, in 2008 after working for many years on projects for, amongst others, Wishard Hospital, INDOT, and the Indianapolis Airport Authority. Sahara is an alumnus of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series (Class XXXVII), the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series (2012-2013) and the IBJ 2013 Forty Under 40 Class.

An emphasis on community service was instilled in Sahara at a young age by her mother who was an educator. Sahara’s dedication to the community has been shown through her participation on the inaugural board of the Central Indiana Women’s Business Conference, commissioner for the Indiana Real Estate Commission, and as a member of Supplier Diversity Development Advocacy Council for Purdue University. She has also participated in the following programs and organizations:
• Alpha Kappa Alpha, Chi Chi Omega Chapter – Former STEM Conference Chair
• Indiana Construction Roundtable – Former Board Member
• Indianapolis Bond Bank – Former Board Vice Chair
• Lafayette Square Area Coalition/International Marketplace – Member
• National Association of Women Business Owners – 2011 Scholarship Award Recipient
• Pike Township Resident’s Association – Former Board Member
• Indiana Construction Roundtable – Former Board Member
• ACE Mentor Program – Former Board Member and Scholarship Banquet Committee Chair
• Big Brothers Big Sisters program – Former 2-time Big Sister
• National Society of Black Engineers – Former Regional Conference Chairperson and 3-time Community Service Chair
• Indianapolis Urban League – Former Board Member
• Indiana Subcontractors Association – Former Tradeshow Planning Committee Member
• Desert Moon Youth Equestrian Services and 4H Club – Former Executive Director
• Marion County Election Board volunteer, precinct committeeperson, and ward chair

Sahara attended the School of Architecture at Tuskegee University and later graduated with her BS in Civil Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University. She earned her MS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University before permanently locating on the west side of Indianapolis. Sahara enjoys keeping abreast of public policy issues and the great outdoors. She cares for 6 animals on her 4-acre horse ranch.