William Porro is the Assistant Director for the City of Miami. He serves in this capacity to coordinate the resources of the City Manager’s Office of Grants Administration – Economic Initiatives in conjunction with the Mayor’s strategy to reduce poverty.
In 2005, he helped create and launch ACCESS Miami, the second phase of the Mayor’s original anti-poverty plan. ACCESS Miami has received distinguished awards most recently, the Bright Idea in innovative government from Harvard University, Model Program from the US Conference of Mayors, and the National Livability Award. William strives to create linkages through such projects as free tax preparation, Earned Income Tax Credit campaigns, Individual Development Accounts, micro-lending, small business assistance, banking, financial literacy & individualized one-on-one coaching and homeownership in order to produce a “continuum of care” for the City’s residents and small business entrepreneurs. William’s other responsibilities includes workforce development and the launching of key economic development initiatives such as; the Office of Financial Empowerment, www.AccessMiamiJobs.com, and www.BuyMiami.Biz; and positioning the City of Miami favorably when attracting new funding sources through collaborative efforts. William is a graduate from the University of Texas in Finance and an MBA graduate from Western Governor’s University.