Will has spent most of his ten year professional career in New Orleans. He worked on blight strategy and managed property acquisitions at a neighborhood-based affordable housing nonprofit developer. There, he oversaw the purchase of over thirty five properties with federal and private funds. He walked the properties through purchase negotiations and the even more difficult process of clearing titles encumbered with tax liens, city fines, and tangled ownership structures.
Subsequently, he managed a permanent supportive housing voucher program with UNITY of Greater New Orleans where they provided housing for about 800 low-income, disabled, chronically homeless individuals and families in a community-based setting.
He came to the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT to study affordable housing and applied to the CRE to pursue his interest of becoming an affordable housing developer. As a student he hopes to better understand the relationship between subsidized housing and the broader real estate market. This past summer he worked at WinnDevelopment, a national affordable housing developer, on property acquisitions.