Bill Traynor


Bill Traynor

Bill is a partner in Trusted Space Partners, a national training and consulting firm dedicated to helping community institutions develop a new and effective networked approach to resident engagement for 21st Century neighborhood life. In this role, Bill provides technical assistance in resident engagement and community building to community based organizations and foundations across the United States.

Bill also serves as a strategic adviser to Lawrence CommunityWorks Inc., (LCW) where he worked as executive director from 1999 to 2011. LCW is an initiative working to rebuild the struggling city of Lawrence, Mass., which is also his hometown. During his tenure with LCW, Bill led the organization’s transformation from a staff of two (and a financial deficit) to a staff of 45, an operating budget of more than $2.3 million, a membership of more than 5,000 residents and more than $60 million in new redevelopment and community building efforts in the city.

Bill has more than 30 years of experience in community development and community organizing in urban areas throughout the United States. He began his professional life in 1979 as a community organizer for Mass Fair Share. He then served as the first executive director of the Coalition for A Better Ace (CBA Inc.) in Lowell, Mass., where he led a $20 million redevelopment effort and various community organizing efforts throughout the 1980s.

From 1991 to 1999, Bill founded and served as the president of Neighborhood Partners and the Neighborhood Partners Fund, which assisted more than 200 community development efforts nationwide with technical assistance and leadership development grants. In 1998, Bill was awarded a Loeb Fellowship from Harvard University at the Graduate School of Design (GSD) and during that time developed the strategy, initial resources and the team to launch Lawrence CommunityWorks Inc.

Bill received a master’s degree in management from the Heller School at Brandeis University in 1983. He also has an undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and later served as adjunct faculty in the school’s sociology department. Bill received the Francis Cabot Lowell Alumni Award from the University of Massachusetts in 1996.

Bill serves as a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Policy in Washington. He is the author of numerous articles and handbooks on community development, community organizing and leadership. Bill splits his time between the Boston area and the nation’s capital.