Will Parish is Executive Director of Friends of Environmental Education, which was formed to support quality environmental education for all K-12 students in California’s public schools, in particular to promote access to the Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum.
The California State Board of Education appointed Will to the Curriculum Commission (now known as the Instructional Quality Commission) in June 2009, and his term ended Dec 31, 2012. Will served as chair of the Science Subcommittee. He taught Environmental Science at Gateway High School in San Francisco from 2002 to 2012 and now serves on its Board of Directors.
Prior to teaching high school, Will was a certified flight instructor, an attorney in a major San Francisco law firm, the CEO of a company that developed $110 million worth of alternative energy projects in the 1980s and 1990s, and a pilot for an environmental organization that uses the aerial perspective to expose land-use abuses and work with groups to improve land-use practices.
Will earned a law degree from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1980 and a BA in Political Economy from Williams College in 1975. He is an adjunct Professor at Williams College during the January Winter Study term. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Julie, where they raised two boys.