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William Ford

William Ford

Policy Interests

  • International
  • Poverty & Inequality
  • Civil/Human Rights
  • Economic and Community Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Government


Billy is an international development practitioner focused on governance in Southeast Asia with three years of experience living and working in Myanmar, Vietnam and Malaysia, and three years working in Washington DC. He is currently a masters student at the Goldman School for Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. His coursework focuses primarily on economics, econometrics, policy analysis, and international development. During his summer between his first and second year of graduate school, he conducted an evaluation of the Myanmar government's program to return land that had been confiscated from farmers. He is currently an intern at the Center for Effective Global Action at UC Berkeley, and an Associate at the international development consulting firm BroderickHaight Consulting.

Before moving to the Bay Area, Billy served as Freedom House's first in-country representative in Myanmar. As Country Representative, he oversaw day-to-day operation of programs on policy advocacy and research, inter-religious conflict, and think tank development. he regularly traveled throughout Southeast Asia, including to Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia, to conduct project oversight and evaluation, needs assessments and donor outreach. Before moving to Myanmar, Billy worked for Freedom House in D.C. where he managed a global project supporting victims of egregious religious persecution.

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