Willie has been an active firefighter for 24 years, and currently serves as the Battalion Chief of Community Outreach & Public Affairs for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.
As a member of City Council, Willie serves on the following local boards and commissions: Local Emergency Planning Committee, INOVA Alexandria Hospital Task Force, Eisenhower Partnership Board of Directors, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Air Quality Committee, Alexandria Economic Opportunities Commission, Alexandria Works! Coalition, Library Board, Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission, Community Policy and Management Team, and Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy.
In 1998, he founded Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue, a non-profit organization that supplies thousands of children in Northern Virginia every year with backpacks, school supplies, new coats, sneakers, and gifts during the holiday season. During the 2015 holiday season Firefighters and Friends distributed gifts to more than 3,500 children in Northern Virginia. Willie is a 2013 recipient of Alexandria's Living Legends Award.
Willie has been engaged with Alexandria's non-profit community where he serves on the boards of Volunteer Alexandria, First Night Alexandria, and the Board of Trustees for Operation Warm which is the largest nonprofit coat distributer in the US. A single father of two grown children, Willie resides in the Del Ray neighborhood.