William S. Reese

CEO Emeritus, International Youth Foundation (IYF)

Bill Reese is the CEO Emeritus of IYF. He 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 managing the Foundation’s operations and programs supporting positive youth development in more than 70 countries and territories. Bill has served on the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid since 1991. 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 60-year history of this Federal Advisory Commission. 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 as chairman of the board of InterAction, the association of 160 U.S. non-profits working in international development assistance and humanitarian relief, and continues on its board. He serves on the boards of Episcopal Relief and Development, Women’s Edge Coalition, and the Basic Education Coalition. Previously he served on the boards of the Independent Sector, 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 (WOLA), 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. Bill is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a Woodrow Wilson National Fellow lecturing on Latin American affairs, foreign policy, and development issues.

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., with his wife and four children.