Bill Traynor is a Partner in Neighboring First and its signature project NeighborUP America, an effort to re-claim Neighboring for the 21st Century and to support grassroots action to connect people across lines of difference for mutual support, empowerment and quality of life.
Bill also a Strategic Advisor to Lawrence CommunityWorks Inc., where he served as Executive Director for over 11 years. LCW is an initiative working to rebuild the struggling city of Lawrence, Massachusetts, his hometown. Bill has 30 years of experience in community development and community organizing, working in urban areas throughout the United States. He is the former Executive Director of the CBA Inc. in Lowell, Massachusetts where he led a $20 million redevelopment effort, and was the Director of Community Development for CTAC Inc. of Boston, a national consulting firm. In 1992 Bill created Neighborhood Partners and the Neighborhood Partners Fund, which has assisted more than 200 community development efforts nationwide.
During his more than 11 year tenure with CommunityWorks, he has grown the organization from a staff of one and a financial deficit to a staff of over 40 and an operating budget of over $2.5 million, while leveraging over $40 million in public and private project investments for affordable housing, infrastructure investments, a city-wide youth network, and a range of family asset building and community organizing initiative. Through his work at LCW and in communities around the US, Bill has developed an innovative approach to place-making and community building called the Network-Centric Organizing approach.
Bill is a graduate UMass Lowell (BA) and received a Masters Degree in Management from Heller School at Brandeis University (MMHS). In 1998, Bill was awarded a Loeb Fellowship from Harvard University at the Graduate School of Design (GSD) In addition to his work at LCW, for the past 15 years, Bill has provided technical assistance in resident engagement and community building to the Annie E. Casey Foundation and other foundations and groups in cities across the United States. Bill is the author of numerous articles and handbooks on community development, community organizing and leadership.