Interviewer: William Buster



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William is a North Carolina native who has built a career in philanthropy. At Dogwood, he leads the Foundation’s Education work and Racial Equity investments, and ensures that Dogwood repeatedly lives up to its commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. William provides oversight for the Foundation’s grantmaking  and program related investment strategies, which includes leading the design, development, delivery and evaluation of Dogwood’s work.  He also provides oversight to ensure grants and program related investments match the strategic direction established by the Board and ensure that programs are achieving the desired outcomes.

Prior to joining the Foundation, William was the Executive Vice President of Community Investments at St. David’s Health Foundation in Austin, Texas. Before that, he was Owner and Lead Consultant for Common-Unity Philanthropic and Nonprofit Advisors.  He worked in a variety of positions, including Director of Mississippi and New Orleans Programs and Advisor to the President on Men and Boys of Color during nine years with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Prior to joining the Kellogg Foundation, William was a Program Officer for the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, where his focus included the Appalachian region.

William holds a Master of Arts in Policy and Practice of Development, University of New Hampshire as well as a BA from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University and an Executive Education certificate in Mastering Negotiation from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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