Bill is a professionally trained agroforester who has lived and worked in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, for 25 years. Since joining the Conservancy in 1992, Bill has earned the reputation as a leader in innovative, community-based conservation and one of the best practitioners in the field. He is a recognized expert on Pohnpei’s upland forest and has an in-depth knowledge of the environmental, political, cultural, and economic context of the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau. Bill is fluent in Pohnpeian and the “high language” reserved for high chiefs. As the former Director of the Conservancy’s Micronesia Program, Bill focused on helping to develop national biodiversity conservation strategies with Micronesian political entities, including the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, and Guam. He now serves as the Director of Conservation Programs for the entire Asia-Pacific Region.