A Career Public Servant
William has spent his entire career working in the public interest. Growing up he dreamed of being a civil rights lawyer like his hero, Thurgood Marshall. When he became an attorney, the first clients he represented were tenants in fair housing cases - people who needed someone to help them defend their rights and elevate their voices. During the Great Recession, he worked at the federal level and with state and local partners in Maryland to help homeowners hit hard by the subprime mortgage crisis stay in their homes. Recognizing that the fundamental right to vote was under constant assault, he became a national legal and policy voice on protecting voting rights and repairing our democracy.
While building his career - he’s always kept his focus on Montgomery County. For more than a decade, William has been a civic, political, and non-profit leader out front on issues that matter most to our communities.
In Congress, he served as Legislative Director and Chief Counsel for Montgomery County’s own Congressman Jamie Raskin. In that role, he led Rep. Raskin’s policy team on behalf of every person who calls the county home. Among the many issues he worked on, he led on policies to help small business development, he worked to ensure local small farmers and agribusinesses were supported, he led on preparing our infrastructure for climate change, and he drove work on transportation, including working with partners in the county and national capital region to win federal investments in Montgomery County transit systems.
Some of William’s community-connected leadership experience includes his tenure as a longtime member, Land Use Chair, and Chair of the Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board; Chair of the Board of the Montgomery County Renters Alliance; member of the Blackrock Center for the Arts Board of Trustees; Member of the Community Recovery Advisory Group; Member of the Upcounty COVID Committee; Member of the Destination Germantown Workgroup, member of the Manna Food Center Advocacy Task Force.
William believes strongly in supporting his community and he can regularly be found volunteering with the Manna Food Center, the Upcounty HUB in Germantown, or at the Islamic Center of Maryland in Gaithersburg.
A loyal and active Democrat, William has served as the president of the Montgomery County Young Democrats (MCYD) and currently serves as president of the Association of Black Democrats (ABD). He served as the D17 Team treasurer under the leadership of State Senator Cheryl Kagen. He has carried out multiple stints as an upcounty precinct official in Districts 15 and 17. In 2015, the county democratic party recognized William’s community work with the Morgan-Jerney Community Service Award for founding the State of Black Montgomery.
William is a proud Bison, graduating from Howard University and the Howard University School of Law. Howard’s core values of leadership, excellence, service, and truth - and its mission of social justice and fighting for equality - are woven into his core. On campus, William was the recipient of numerous awards and honors, he was the leader of multiple organizations including the student government, and he led pro-bono community legal clinics for fair housing law in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
William has led a rewarding public service career taking him from civil rights organizations to the halls of Congress. He is currently a Managing Director at the Center for American Progress (CAP), the nation’s leading progressive policy and advocacy organization, where he works on voting rights and elections. He also focuses on ensuring that the government is an open, responsive, and transparent force for good in the lives of everyday people.
William was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He learned the values of hard work and giving back to the community from his working-class parents.
His mother, Deborah, started her career as a teacher and has worked at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for more than 30 years making sure insurance companies honor their obligations to cover the cost of care for sick children. As a single mom working full time, she still found time to make sure she took her son to participate regularly in enrichment activities in church and in their community.
His late-father, William, was a United States Army veteran who earned a Bronze Star in Vietnam. He worked as a barber, small business owner, and later a barbering instructor. He also helped to expand a cosmetology training program inside the Department of Corrections to equip returning citizens with a trade to help them succeed and he started a non-profit along with former gang members to enrich young people in the community.
William’s parents exposed their son to all the ways that communities can join together to make a difference. They emparted the values of faith, family, and service to others that guide William today and will ground his service as a Councilmember.
William and his wife Michelle, a federal employee and proud AFGE union member, met during their first month at Howard University as freshman at a dorm movie night. They remained friends - and later more, marrying in 2015. They are the proud parents of their wonderful daughter Mackenzie who will begin her MCPS journey in a few short years. Their family, including a loving and loyal dog named Peanut, rented for many years in Gaithersburg before becoming first time homeowners in Clarksburg. They are members of the Alfred Street Baptist Church.