William “Billy” Flanagan is the director of Special Events at American Progress. He comes from the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a nonprofit advocacy group working for greater medical research funding, where he served as programs coordinator. Prior to that, he worked in events at the Human Rights Campaign.
Flanagan is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he studied music and psychology, and received his master’s certificate in event planning from the University of Virginia. Flanagan is a native of the Washington, D.C., area, having grown up in Alexandria, Virginia, and attended Gonzaga College High School.