Bill was born in Portland, Oregon, but grew up in Washington DC, England and Pakistan. He attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington graduating with a BA in History (1967). He went on to earn an MA in Asian Studies. Bill then entered the Navy, receiving language training in Chinese and serving as an officer for four years in the Western Pacific. Following his naval service Bill returned to graduate school, completing an MBA degree and began a career in business – including twenty-one years with NIKE – managing international operations in Italy, Mexico and the Asia/Pacific region. Now retired, Bill spends considerable time in Wallowa County where his extended family is involved with managing a ranch, and where he supports several of the local conservation and cultural organizations. He has been an active supporter of the Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum and the development of its interpretive center in John Day. He served on the board of directors of Sustainable Northwest from 2006 to 2010. As a member of the MAC, Bill hopes to contribute to increasing awareness and membership of MNCH.