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A lifelong resident of Bethlehem and Liberty High School product, William graduated Magna Cum Laude from Moravian College in 2003 with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. In 2007, William became the youngest person ever elected to Bethlehem City Council when he was victorious following his electoral challenge to a slate of incumbent Council members.
In 2014, William was elected by his colleagues to serve as President of City Council, a position he was re-elected to in 2016. As President, William launched Bethlehem 2017 – a set of policy initiatives aimed at making Bethlehem a more progressive community. As state and national inaction on climate issues has continued, William has lead the way in helping Bethlehem establish its first Climate Action Plan. William also proposed and created NorthSide 2027 – a reinvestment strategy and public/private partnership for north Bethlehem’s neighborhoods that includes citizens, local businesses, the Bethlehem Area School District and Moravian College.
Bethlehem also broke new ground in governmental transparency by adopting William’s Financial Accountability Incentive Reporting (F.A.I.R.) – an initiative that measures and tracks the effectiveness of economic development incentive programs. In 2018, Bethlehem also instituted William’s open data program which publishes governmental data in an effort to spur innovation, entrepreneurship, and citizen engagement in the city. During William’s 11 years on City Council, Bethlehem has also continued its economic revitalization as billions of dollars of private and public investment have helped to lead the city to its consistent ranking as one of the best American cities in which to live, work, and retire.
William has also served on Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Transition Team, the Bethlehem Area Public Library's Board of Directors, Calypso Elementary School’s Leadership Team, and Moravian College’s Alumni Board of Directors. He resides in north Bethlehem with his fiancé Dr. Natalie Bieber.