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Meet Willie!

Willie's family and dedication to service in Alexandria made him who he is today: a fierce advocate for our  students and teachers.

 

Willie is dedicated to fighting for more capacity in our school system and equity in education, and he'll stand by our educators.  

When Willie was 5-years-old, he and his family moved to Alexandria to find a better life. He lived in affordable housing for several years while receiving his education in Alexandria's public schools. With the support of his teachers and community, Willie graduated from T.C. Williams and pursued a life as a public servant. He served in the US Army for 21 years and the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department for over 30 years. 

Throughout his adulthood, Willie has devoted himself entirely to his community as a father, firefighter, former City Council member, and philanthropist. He explains, "I didn't have much growing up but I have been very blessed in my life. Now it's my turn to give back in whatever small way I can."

WILLIE'S EXPERIENCE

A Career of Leadership & Service

City Council

Willie fought for affordable housing and other progressive values while serving on Alexandria's City council from 2015-2018

Firefighters & Friends to the Rescue

Founded by Willie, his organization works with local schools, shelters and churches to identify children in need and donates thousands of winter coats, backpacks, and school supplies each year 

Deputy Fire Chief

A firefighter for over 30 years, Willie now serves as the Deputy Fire Chief for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department  

U.S Army

Willie served his country in the U.S. Army for 21 years

Operation Warm

Operation warm provides coats to give warmth, comfort, and hope to underserved youths nationally; Willie serves on the board of trustees

Marine Corps Toys for Tots Local Coordinator

For nearly 20 years Willie has organized an annual Northern VA toy drive to support the Toys for Tots initiative led by the Marines. They often collect multiple tractor trailers of toys!

Educational Opportunities for Alexandrians

Willie helped start EOA, a non-profit committed to funding scholarships so Alexandria students whose immigration status creates barriers to higher education can complete their associate degree.

Carpenter's Shelter

Willie serves on the board of Carpenter's Shelter, which each year serves over 700 people experiencing homelessness in our community

Alexandria Youth Sports Coach

Willie benefitted greatly from coaches as a kid himself, and as a father he coached basketball and baseball for over a decade 

Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Authority

Willie serves on the board of ARHA, which manages Alexandria public housing and provides affordable housing, economic opportunities and a living environment free from discrimination for low income citizens in Alexandria