Willie is the Global Program Director for Mongabay.com where he support its global news program through the management and implementation of the organization’s portfolio of grant-funded projects. Previously he worked as the Senior Program Officer for Internews’ Earth Journalism Network where he was an organizer of a global network of environmental journalists, Willie helps make tools that enable people to connect with each other, find material support, and amplify their local stories to global audiences. He started his journalism career at National Geographic Magazine, were he coordinated translation for the magazine’s 32 local language partners. He holds a degree in Geography from Humboldt State University with concentrations in cartography, environmental economics, and Chinese Studies. Outside of work, he devotes his time to the development of a free school dedicated to community building through education and to collaborative mapping and audio projects.