William Riley

Board Member

Austin African American Business Network Association

Sponsor: Austin African American Business Networking Association
Wave 10: January 2016- June 2016
Strategy 1: Become a leading hub of advanced manufacturing
Initiative: 1,000 Jobs
Strategy: 3
Initiative: SINC

William comes to us from The Austin African America Business Networking Association (AAABNA) and the realm of political organization and labor. For three years, William was a union steward at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He has extensive experience in political development as an assistant to the director at Compass Public Affairs, a political lobbying firm and as a qualitative researcher for the Economic Mobility Corporation who is part of the MacArthur Foundation grant research team, a field organizer for Governor Patrick Quinn’s Re-election Campaign 2014 and prior to that a Project Director for the Chicago West Side Branch NAACP Driver Safety Initiative.

Those duties consisted of performing outreach, and creating and initiating programs designed for grant usage. William has helped plan many community events in particularly one event which was called the Austin Power 5k in which Mayor Rahm Emmanuel participated as a runner.
These events were designed to bring solutions to many of the problems that plague the inner city. He has received numerous awards and letters of appreciation for public servitude and work ethic as it relates to community service. He is currently an MBA candidate at Concordia University in River Forest Illinois focusing on leadership and organization. He is also an admirer of the arts.