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Bill is responsible for overall direction of communications strategies and tactics that inform and engage diverse audiences around Joyce grant-making and thought leadership. He also helps manage the foundation’s program of journalism grants to amplify the work of Joyce and its grantee partners, and help fill gaps in state, regional and national policy coverage.
As a journalist and public affairs practitioner, Bill has worked throughout his career at the intersection of communications and public policy. He started out as a writer on the national broadcast news desk of The Associated Press in New York, subsequently moving to AP bureaus in Boston and Springfield, Illinois, where he was bureau chief.
After 10 years with The AP, Bill joined the Chicago public affairs firm of Jasculca Terman Strategic Communications, where he directed issues and advocacy campaigns for public, private and nonprofit clients. He worked on a variety of issues, including economic and community development, energy and the environment, social services, arts and culture, higher education and technology. He also specialized in crisis communications, helping clients take appropriate actions and deliver authentic messages during times of risk to people, organizations and reputations.
In late 2012, Bill established his own strategic communications consultancy, B Strong Communications Inc., providing senior counsel to senior executives in government and nonprofits. Among his clients was the Joyce Foundation, which he joined as Communications Director in March 2015.
Bill earned his bachelor’s degree in English Literature at Harvard University. He and his wife, Colleen, have four grown children and live in Oak Park, Illinois with their Havanese, Ruby the Red.