First elected to a four-year term on November 8, 2016.
A third generation Oxnard native, Will spent two years as a higher education volunteer in South Korea with the United States Peace Corps and holds an MA degree in Comparative & International Politics from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Conversant in Mandarin Chinese, he also studied at the National Political Science University in Taipei, Taiwan and is a graduate of California State University at Chico where in 2011, he was inducted into Chico’s Athletic Hall of Fame for football.
In 1978, capitalizing on his excellent Mandarin, Will began escorting various North American groups visiting China, making him among some of the earliest North Americans to step behind the Bamboo Curtain. Will has lectured aboard cruise ships calling on Asian destinations along the Pacific Rim and spent 15 years as a shore excursion specialist with some of the world’s most prestigious cruise lines.
Will retired after seventeen years with the Port of Hueneme as Director of Marketing & Public Information. He promoted Ventura County’s quintessential niche port to, among others, the fresh produce and auto carrier industries and managed the Port’s grantee status of Foreign Trade Zone # 205. Will maintains a deep knowledge of the Port’s operations, its intrinsic value, and fascinating history that he is excited to share with a wide audience.
Will is an asset to his community thanks to his tireless service. He is an Executive Board member of the Port Hueneme/South Oxnard Neighborhood for Learning, a member of the Cal State University at Channel Islands Business Advisory Council and the University’s International Affairs Advisory Board and he also serves on the Ventura College Business Division Advisory Board and the Land Use and Business Development committee of the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce.
A Board member of the Channel Islands Maritime Museum Will is also a Board member of the Ventura County Library Foundation and is an Oxnard Ambassador and former Ambassador of the Year and remains active with his buddies at the Oxnard Noontime Lions. He was named Port Hueneme’s ‘Citizen of the Year’ in 2014 by the Port Hueneme Chamber of Commerce and was elected to the Port Hueneme City Council in 2016. In his position with the City council, Will also serves on the SCAG (Southern California Association of Governments) Transportation Committee, is a Ventura County Transportation Commissioner, and is a board member of the California Association of Governments (CALCOG).
Will and his wife Beckie have made Port Hueneme their home for the last 17 years.
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