Will Castleberry

 

Will Castleberry is the Vice President of State and Local Public Policy and Community Engagement for Facebook.

 

Will established, and now runs, Facebook’s state and local public policy and community engagement office. His team of 15 works directly with governors, attorneys general, and legislatures to advance sound laws and regulations governing the internet. Together, they manage contract lobbyists in 46 states. Will has drafted, and worked to pass, model legislation covering a wide array of industry issues including child protection, consumer protection, and online privacy. He testifies frequently before legislative committees, has passed significant tax legislation in 5 states, and successfully settled several investigations by state attorneys general.

From 2005 to 2012 Will served as the Vice President of Public Policy for AOL, Inc. There, he managed a wide set of issues including privacy, tax, consumer protection, law enforcement, and safety. Will helped AOL establish a federal policy office and headed the company’s state policy efforts. Prior to his work at AOL he was MCI’s Senior Manager for Government affairs covering the Mid-Atlantic.

From 1996 to 2002, Will worked in the Administration of Maryland Governor Parris Glendening in various capacities. During that time, he served as the Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy, BWI Airport’s Vice President of Marketing, Communications, and Air Service Development and, in 2000, was appointed Director of the State’s Office of Global Investment and Technology. His successes with the state include driving record passenger growth at BWI and attracting 5 new airlines (including 2 international carriers). His economic development work helped Maryland grow and expand its economy, establishing the state’s world-class biotech sector, and moving Maryland from 46th in job creation to 14th, in just 6 years.

Will leads several boards and commissions. He is the President of the State Privacy and Security Coalition, the founding President of the Internet Coalition, and is on CompTIA’s Policy Executive Board. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Northern Virginia Tech Counsel’s TechPAC, is a frequent appointee to the Virginia Joint Commission on Technology and Science and, from 1996 to 1999, served as a member of Maryland’s Critical Areas Commission.

Will holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey School of Business where he has also served as an Adjunct Professor. He continued course work at Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation and the Wharton School of Business.

Will and his wife, Erin, are raising their three children in Severna Park, Maryland.