Willie serves as Head of Legal and a member of the leadership team for Messenger (Facebook), the heavily regulated social media app used across all geographies. He is a proven leader and strategic advisor to senior management teams of heavily regulated technology companies globally, serving previously in executive roles at HPE, Amazon and IBM. Willie has extensive experience in transforming legal organizations to adapt to fast-changing business environments and evolving regulatory challenges. Willie’s experience spans the globe, including living and working in Shanghai, China for 3 years leading the legal team for IBM across Asia-Pacific.
He is active in the community with a focus on bridging the gaps in opportunities experienced by underserved communities. He currently serves as the Board Chair for Cristo Rey San Jose, a college prep high school that partners with roughly 100 companies across Silicon Valley to provide students professional jobs all 4 years of high school. Willie is also the Board Chair for the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League.
Willie is a graduate of UCLA School of Law and UC Berkeley.
Willie is licensed in California and Texas.