William “Bill” Maddocks has worked in the fields of community economic development, social enterprise, microfinance, economic literacy, civic engagement, and local economic development at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy, Paul College of Business and Economics, and Cooperative Extension for ten years and previously at the School of Community Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University.
He was the co-founder of the first Community Development Corporation in New Bedford, Massachusetts where he also worked on community organizing, affordable housing, entrepreneurial development, digital literacy, immigration support, substance abuse risk reduction, and low-income energy conservation. Bill managed the New Bedford affiliate of Working Capital which was the largest microlending program in the United States during the 1990s.
Bill worked for more than sixteen years in Sub-Saharan Africa on economic development and community building initiatives. Under his leadership he created the largest training program on commercial and community owned microfinance programming which trained more than 2,500 students from 100+ countries in workshops held on two continents, nine countries, and online.
For two and a half years, Bill directed the Social Sector Franchise Initiative, a program of a collaboration between the Carsey School of Public Policy and the Paul College of Business and Economics. The initiative included a social franchising accelerator that assisted promising social enterprises in India, Africa, and Latin America.
Bill teaches Organizational Management and Leadership in the UNH Masters in Community Development Program. For the past several years, Bill has served as a facilitator and fellow for the UNH Carsey School’s New Hampshire Listens program. As a consultant, Bill coordinated the 2020 U.S. Census Complete Count for the New Hampshire Funders forum and works on racial justice and economic development initiatives.
Bill has served on dozens of local, regional, national, and international boards and currently serves as treasurer of New Hampshire Peace Action, and has been active in peace, civil rights, environmental justice, racial justice, anti-war, and labor movement struggles for more than 35 years.