Will holds a Ph.D. in Regional and Urban Economics and Sustainable Community Development, Masters Degrees in City Planning and Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and degrees in Physics and Cross-Cultural Studies from Davidson College. He lives in New Orleans, LA, with his wife, Rebekah, and their three children.
Will is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Green Coast Enterprises. He also teaches real estate development at the Tulane University School of Architecture.
Will has been named an Echoing Green fellow for 2008-10, one of Gambit Magazine’s “40 under 40” for 2009, one of Fast Company’s “10 Coolest Innovators Rebuilding New Orleans” and one of “America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs” by Business Week. President Obama named him a Champion of Change in 2011.
Prior to founding Green Coast, he helped plan and/or develop over $150 million in projects in North Carolina, Louisiana, Texas, and Massachusetts. For nearly three years, he served as the Organizational Director of the Davidson Housing Coalition, a non-profit affordable housing developer based in Davidson, North Carolina. He has also worked as a green development specialist for New Ecology, Inc.