William Floyd is a public policy professional, issues management strategist and lobbyist with nearly 30 years experience working in government, private and nonprofit sectors.
Currently Mr. Floyd is the head of external affairs for Google New York and responsible for managing the company’s outward facing presence in the state. His responsibilities include leading Google’s government and regulatory interactions, public affairs programs and community relations in New York.
Before joining Google, Mr. Floyd was a member of the Law Offices of Claudia Wagner, one of New York City’s leading government affairs firms, where he provided strategic counsel and government affairs support for a wide array of clients in the business and nonprofit sectors. In 2010, the Law Offices of Claudia Wagner joined the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where Mr. Floyd became a senior advisor in its Government and Regulatory Policy Division, representing clients on New York City matters.
In 2003, Mr. Floyd served as Executive Director of the New York City Districting Commission, a multipartisan government agency charged with redrawing the City’s fiftyone councilmatic district lines. He, along with the fifteenmember Commission and staff of 18 professionals, crafted a final reapportionment plan that was approved by the U.S. Department of Justice without comment or change – an unprecedented event in New York City’s history.
Prior to the Districting Commission, he was the Director of Community Affairs for New York and Connecticut for Verizon Communications Inc., one of the largest telecommunications company in the country, with primary responsibility over each state’s philanthropic, economic development and community outreach efforts. Most notably, Mr. Floyd organized Verizon’s response immediately following the terrorist attacks on September 11th. In addition, he served as Verizon’s lobbyist, representing the company before local governments in New York State on regulatory and legislative matters.
Before that, Mr. Floyd held positions at the New York Building Congress, where he spearheaded several public affairs programs, and Winner/Wagner and Associates, a national public affairs firm.
During his nine years in New York City government, he worked at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the city’s lead agent for economic development, as well as in other City agencies, including the 1989 New York City Charter Revision Commission, the organization that dismantled the Board of Estimate and expanded the New York City Council.
A graduate of Columbia College, where he earned a B.A. in Urban Affairs, Economics and Education, Mr. Floyd is active on several nonprofit boards: Vera Institute of Justice, the NYC Citizen’s Budget Commission and the Children's Museum of the Arts. William and his husband of 23 years, Jeremy Berman, live in Manhattan with their seven year old son, Elijah.