William is from London, England, and was raised in Los Angeles, California, before moving to Portland in 2000. William holds a degree in communication arts from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, serves as board chair for IMpower United and also serves on the Teacher’s Advisory council to the Portland Art Museum. Since 1994 he has worked with youth experiencing homelessness and has championed marginalized communities for more than three decades. Working to connect Portland’s homeless youth population to music and art resources, cultural opportunities, and engagement activities, William’s goal is to build healthy relationships with youth who are experiencing homelessness and support them as they navigate the trauma of homelessness.
William became Executive Director of the Artist Mentorship Program (AMP) in 2005 and has received citations from the MESD board and San Francisco Mayor’s office for creating dynamic and educational environments for homeless and at-risk youth. When not working at AMP, William enjoys making his own art, playing music, running, tennis, a cup of tea, a game of chess and discussing the crippling effects of capitalism that create generational poverty.