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William J. Roberts is the managing director for Democracy and Government Reform at American Progress. In this role, he helps to manage American Progress’ Democracy and Legal Progress portfolio. His work focuses on developing reforms that remove structural barriers in order to build power for everyday people like expanding voting rights, ensuring a fairer judiciary, and establishing a more ethical and accountable government.

Prior to joining American Progress, Roberts was the legislative director and chief counsel for Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD). As the leader of Rep. Raskin’s legislative team, he developed policy and legislative strategy and oversaw Rep. Raskin’s work on the House Judiciary, Oversight, Administration, and Rules committees. He also worked on a variety of issues related to transportation, education, elections, voting rights, ethics, criminal justice, civil rights, financial services, and appropriations. He was previously the federal legislative director at Every Voice, where he worked to advance small-donor elections systems at the municipal, state, and federal levels. Additionally, he worked as a legislative assistant for former Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD).

Roberts is a proud alumnus of Howard University, where he obtained his law degree and bachelor’s degree in political science.

By William Roberts
4 Ways Religious Communities Can Ensure a Safe and Fair ElectionCenter for American ProgressSeptember 23, 2020
Recruiting and Retaining Poll Workers During the Coronavirus PandemicCenter for American ProgressSeptember 21, 2020
It’s Past Time To Grant D.C. StatehoodCenter for American ProgressAugust 19, 2020
Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Trump Administration Targets Government WatchdogsCenter for American ProgressJune 1, 2020
Trump’s Impeachable Conduct Strikes at the Heart of the Rule of Law: Part 2Center for American ProgressOctober 18, 2019
Predatory For-Profit Colleges Benefit From Washington’s Culture of CorruptionCenter for American ProgressJuly 29, 2019
10 Far-Reaching Congressional Ethics Reforms to Strengthen U.S. DemocracyCenter for American ProgressApril 25, 2019
Bold Democracy Reforms That Build on H.R. 1Center for American ProgressApril 10, 2019