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 Election||Center for American Progress||September 23, 2020|
|Recruiting and Retaining Poll Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic||Center for American Progress||September 21, 2020|
|It’s Past Time To Grant D.C. Statehood||Center for American Progress||August 19, 2020|
|Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Trump Administration Targets Government Watchdogs||Center for American Progress||June 1, 2020|
|Trump’s Impeachable Conduct Strikes at the Heart of the Rule of Law: Part 2||Center for American Progress||October 18, 2019|
|Predatory For-Profit Colleges Benefit From Washington’s Culture of Corruption||Center for American Progress||July 29, 2019|
|10 Far-Reaching Congressional Ethics Reforms to Strengthen U.S. Democracy||Center for American Progress||April 25, 2019|
|Bold Democracy Reforms That Build on H.R. 1||Center for American Progress||April 10, 2019|