William (Bill) Potter manages international development programs that promote innovative solutions for foundational improvements in basic education, youth employment, and civic engagement opportunities for poor and vulnerable populations in conflict- and crisis-affected environments.

Potter has worked internationally for the past 25 years, providing leadership, management, and technical support to development projects in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He has held multiple senior leadership positions, including chief of party, project director, and senior technical advisor, and he has extensive experience managing partnerships with foreign donors, private sector institutions, and peer international development organizations. He began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali and later taught public school in New York City before devoting himself full time to a career in international development.

Potter holds an MA in secondary science education from Columbia University, Teachers College.

“If we can help strengthen the social contract between marginalized youth, their communities, and the local government, then opportunities for economic prosperity will emerge.”

Speaking Highlights

Improved Collection and Use of Students’ Early Grade Reading Performance Data in the Philippines

Presentation, Digital Innovation for Child Literacy Summit & Showcase
Melbourne, Australia
April 2015

Selected Publications

Education Development Center. (2010, May). Mali youth assessment report.

Selected Resources


This report examines the challenges and successes of USAID Philippines’ Mindanao Youth for Development (MYDev) program in partnering with the private sector.