William S. Reese

  • President & CEO
  • United States

Bill Reese was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of IYF in January 2005. He first joined IYF in May 1998 as its Chief Operating Officer. He provides leadership and oversight for the management of the Foundation’s operations and programs supporting positive youth development in more than 70 countries and territories.

Before joining IYF, Bill was President/CEO for 12 years of Partners of the Americas, the largest citizen-run, voluntary organization working to promote economic and social development in the western hemisphere. Bill served for 10 years with the Peace Corps, first as a volunteer in an urban community development project in Salvador, Brazil, and later director of Brazil operations. He was deputy director of the Latin American and Caribbean Region, before heading a special task force that managed the international celebration of the Peace Corps’ 20th anniversary in 1981.

Bill served on the U.S. government’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid from 1991 to 2009. He was appointed chair by the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and served 9 years, the longest serving chair in the 70 year history of this Federal Advisory Commission.

Bill serves on the board of Youth Business International, a UK-based non-profit promoting youth-led business start-ups and entrepreneurship globally. He was founding co-chair of the Alliance for International Youth Development. He also is a board member of Global Citizen Year that provides a bridge year of international service for U.S. high school graduates before they enter college.

Bill has strong interest and experience working with the business community, and in building strong public-private partnerships. In that connection, he serves on 2 mixed corporate- NGO boards that counsel supply chains. ICTI-CARE collaborates with international toy manufacturers, with special attention to Chinese operations. He is also a board member of WRAP, the Worldwide Responsible Assembly Production, which certifies apparel and footwear suppliers to global brands and major retailers. He was a member of the International Workforce Development Advisory Committee of the Management and Training Corporation, the largest Job Corps contractor in the U.S. In 2009, Bill was elected to the board of the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation, guiding its philanthropic and community investment programs around the world.

Previously, Bill was Treasurer, Board Chair, and Chairman of the Standards and Membership Committees of InterAction, the trade association/coalition of 200 US-based non-profits working in international development and humanitarian assistance. He also was Treasurer of Episcopal Relief and Development, and board secretary of Women Thrive Worldwide. Over the last 3 decades he has served on the boards of the Independent Sector, the Basic Education Coalition, Eureka Communities, Amigos de las Americas, the Brazilian American Cultural Institute, the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange, the Washington Office on Latin America, the International Development Conference, the Rondon- Roosevelt Center (in Rio de Janeiro), Fundación para la Educación Superior/USA, COLEAD (Coalition for American Leadership Abroad), ChildHope International, and the Friends of the Art Museum of the Americas (OAS). He was vice chair of the Debt for Development Coalition and Finance for Development, Inc.

A Dean’s List graduate of Stanford University in 1970, Bill majored in political science and Latin American relations. He did graduate work at the George Washington University’s School of International and Public Affairs and taught U.S. diplomatic history. He attended the Stanford Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business in 1995. He resides in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Suzanne M. Frederick, have four adult children.

Facts About William S. Reese
  • Languages: English, Portuguese
  • Country of birth United States
  • Hobbies: Traveling