Bill serves as president and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), where he oversees the organization’s work to fight poverty by investing in youth success and family economic stability.
Bill leads UWGPSNJ’s mission to harness, leverage and strategically invest the collective power of more than 100,000 donors, advocates and volunteers, to end intergenerational poverty in our region. Through the Impact Fund, UWGPSNJ develops successful youth and stable, self-sufficient families by investing in the areas of early learning, career pathways and pipelines, and economic self-sufficiency, while also ensuring access to the community stability supports that individuals and families need to stay healthy and meet their most basic needs.
Bill serves as senior pastor at Arch Street Presbyterian Church. Prior to joining UWGPSNJ, he was the founder of Broad Street Ministry, which enables cross-sector collaboration to lift people out of homelessness, and has become known for the inclusive service it extends to community members in need. At Broad Street Ministry, hundreds of individuals and families in need are able to join community meals and, through the ministry’s partnerships, access resources such as case management, medical services, behavioral health support, benefits counseling, and legal support. As a result of his work at Broad Street Ministry, Bill also had the opportunity to co-found Rooster Soup Company, the nation’s first for-profit, crowd-funded social impact restaurant that creates jobs and returns revenue to Philadelphia’s most impoverished citizens.
Bill is a graduate of Southern Methodist University (B.A.) and Yale University Divinity School (M.Div.), and he is an Ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church, PC (USA). He has authored a number of articles and op-eds, contributed to several books, and has been a commentator for Huffington Post, CNN, and The History Channel. Bill continues to lecture and teach coursework at institutions including Princeton Theological Seminary, the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Senior Fellow at Fels School of Government at UPenn. He serves on several governing and advisory boards of arts, social service, and social innovation organizations in the Philadelphia area. In 2010, he was named as one of Philadelphia’s 101 Emerging Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia and in 2017 Philadelphia Magazine recognized him as one of the 100 Most Influential Philadelphians.
Away from work, Bill likes to read, cook, sustain hope in all Philadelphia sports teams, and spend time with his wife Julie and two sons, Sebastian and Deacon.