William was born and raised in San Francisco, California and stayed in the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley where in 2012 he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History, graduating Cum Laude and with Honors in the Major. His senior research thesis analyzed the historical basis for the primacy of the Bishop of the Rome. While an undergraduate, William participated in five different study abroad programs. He spent a summer in Copenhagen learning Danish language and culture, a semester in Shanghai examining the politics and economy of China, a semester in Jerusalem experiencing first hand the Israel-Palestine conflict, a summer at Cambridge University studying finance and philosophy, and a summer in Madrid learning Spanish.

After finishing at Berkeley, he spent a year in Chile doing research and independent study at the University of Chile and the Catholic University of Valparaiso. He then moved to London for a year where he earned a Masters in Global Politics from the London School of Economics in 2014. He wrote his dissertation on the local and global influence of the 2011-2013 Chilean student protests. Upon returning to Santiago de Chile, he worked as a journalist for POUSTA.com and as an English tutor to business executives and figures in Chilean politics. While at Georgetown Law, he intends to specialize in international white-collar crime.