Bill grew up in a Somerville neighborhood near the last operating slaughterhouses in the City of Somerville.  Bill knows firsthand the impact that government decisions can have on a community for decades.  As a result, Bill has consistently fought with neighborhoods against poor development plans and instituted the legislation that led to the development at Assembly Square.  He has also promoted the need for development in the Inner Belt/Brickbottom areas.  Because of the help of his community, Bill was able to go onto Harvard College and Georgetown Law.  Bill never forgot his roots and the help that he received as a youth, and he returned to Somerville to play an active role in his community.


  • 1998-Present: Alderman at Large, Somerville Board of Aldermen
    • 2002: President of the Somerville Board of Alderman and ex-officio member of Somerville School Committee
    • Chair of the Committee on Public Health and Public Safety, member of the Legislative Matters and Finance Committees
  • Practicing Attorney for 30 years
  • Law Clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Community Activities

  • Member, Beyond Lechmere Northwest Corridor Planning Project Advisory Committee for MBTA
  • Board of Directors of Somerville High School Scholarship Foundation
  • Member, Advisory Board for the Somerville Little Sisters of the Poor
  • Member, Board of Directors Somerville Museum and Historical Society
  • Somerville Lions Club
  • Former Member of the Somerville Affordable Housing Trust Fund and Task Force
  • Former Member, Somerville Commission for Persons with Disabilities


  • Georgetown University Law Center, with honors, 1980
  • Harvard College, BA in government and economics, with honors, 1977
  • Graduate of Somerville High School