William C. "Bill" Anderson serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Generations Advisors, a firm specializing in startup company advisory, energy technology commercialization, leadership development, environmental sustainability, defense, real estate asset optimization and business development. Bill has held senior advisory positions for organizations serving the defense, aerospace, sustainability and energy markets. He is a founding board member of the Washington DC ArchAngels, a network of angel investors and company builders operating in the Mid-Atlantic region but with global reach.
Previously, Bill was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as Assistant Secretary of the United States Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics, and the Air Force's Senior Energy Executive, based at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. As Assistant Secretary, he led an organization with responsibilities that included installations, military construction, base closure and realignment, environment, energy, safety and occupational health issues, and all logistical matters. Most notably, Bill led Air Force efforts to test, certify and fly alternative aviation fuels, and to develop renewable electric generation facilities for U.S. military installations. For his efforts, Bill was presented the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service and the Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management.
Born in Syracuse, N.Y., Bill is an honors graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, Md., and earned his law degree with honors from Syracuse University. He has also studied in the master's program for international business at the University of Miami. Bill is a member of the Maryland Bar.
Bill previously served in a variety of financial and tax consulting positions at Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., Arthur Andersen & Co., and Ryder Systems, Inc. He then joined the General Electric Company holding a variety of positions, including Assistant International Tax Counsel, Global Tax Counsel, and General Counsel and Director of Environmental and Quality Affairs for General Electric's electrical products business in Europe. He returned to the U.S. as their General Manager and Senior Counsel, Environmental Health and Safety. Bill led a broad range of functions during his private-sector career, including manufacturing/supply chain, business development/M&A/due diligence, business integration, quality/Six Sigma, facility construction/management, international taxation, legal and legislative affairs, environmental stewardship and worker safety. Most recently, Bill served as the Assistant Secretary at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, with responsibilities spanning commercial and recreational fishing regulation, navigation, natural resource analytics, energy project licensing, coastal/shoreline management and resource sustainment/climate change. He served in oversight roles for the Maryland Geological Survey, the Critical Area Commission and the Power Plant Research Program. He also served as an executive board member of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
An avid bicyclist, he organized the U.S. Air Force Cycling Classic, a nationally sanctioned annual pro cycling event in Arlington, VA, and served on the Leadership Advisory Board for the race. Bill continued his commitment to our veterans and their families by serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Raisin Hope Foundation, an organization focused on raising awareness of traumatic brain injuries and supporting survivors of TBI, including our wounded warriors. He also served as Senior Advisor and Spokesman for The Military Appreciation Partnership, an organization dedicated to providing entertainment opportunities to our warfighters downrange, their families, our veterans and our disabled warrior heroes. Bill served on the Business Executive Advisory Council for the Department of Business, Management and Accounting at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He is a regular contributor to Second Line of Defense, an online defense magazine, and is a frequent presenter at professional defense, engineering, leadership and energy conference