Willis Reid joined FOCUS in 2019 as a Policy Analyst and member of the Business Development Team. He currently specializes in tracking alcohol, tobacco and consumer product issues. Willis earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Saint Michael’s College in 2016 and his graduate degree in Sustainable Adaptation in the Built Environment in 2019. Alongside his undergraduate studies, he developed an understanding of the legislative process and honed his constituent service and communication skills through competitive internships held in the offices of Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin.
Following graduation, Willis gained experience in product marketing and management, serving as a Product Marketing Manager for CORE, a Los Angeles-based startup. Willis has brought dedication, ambition and passion to his role with FOCUS. He will be pursuing a Master of public policy and public administration degree from Concordia University beginning in Fall of 2021.
He currently lives in Burlington, Vermont, and enjoys hiking, cooking, running, reading and working on music projects.