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Will was born and raised in Silver Spring. While neither of his parents went to college, they taught him the importance of a good education. He was the first person in his family to earn a college degree, graduating from The College of William & Mary. He continued on, gaining his masters from Johns Hopkins University, and his law degree from William & Mary.
Born at the tail end of the Jim Crow era, his parents were young adults during the height of the civil rights movement. Their struggle and sacrifice opened the doors of opportunity for him and generations to come and it is their example that taught him the importance of giving back to others. That’s why he enrolled in Americorps, where he worked as a community engagement leader for IMPACT Silver Spring.
The desire to give back is also why He sought and received a commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve in the years following 9/11. Giving back to the community that has given so much to him is why he founded the Youth Achieve Scholarship Fund, raising money to help well-qualified students with a demonstrated need pay for college.
Professionally, He has also never stopped finding ways to give back. After working at the ACLU and at a civil rights law firm where he handled employment discrimination cases, He was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve in his administration, as a Director at the Department of Homeland Security. Welcome Mr. Smith!!
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