Will Cochrane

Placekeeper Program Coordinator

Will comes to District Bridges having worked across a diversity of initiatives dedicated to equitable, engagement-led community empowerment. Most recently, Will served as an Innovation Researcher with the Virginia Department of Social Services. There, he led a state-wide effort with local agencies to develop pilots and practices embodying a holistic, multi-generational approach to service delivery, informed directly by sustained engagement and collaboration with local leadership, social service customers, and numerous other stakeholders throughout the state. In previous positions, Will worked in affordable housing advocacy conducting research to advance more equitable models of development, both with a community development corporation in Brooklyn, NY, and in a capacity-building role for the Maggie Walker Community Land Trust in Richmond, VA.

Community engagement, racial equity, and collective power define Will’s approach to development, largely informed by his time as a community organizer in the District. Alongside low-income DC residents, Will contributed to grassroots campaigns focused on residents’ rights to housing and income. Will is excited to return to DC and continue building together towards a more robust future for all!

Born and raised in Reston, Virginia, Will holds bachelor’s degrees from the University of Virginia in Political & Social Thought and African American & African Studies. In his free time, Will thoroughly enjoys watching and playing sports, spending time in the water (preferably on a surfboard), and listening to music with friends.