William H. Douglass was born in Washington, D.C., and is the great, great nephew of Frederick Douglass. He is the great, great grandson of Perry Douglass, Frederick's brother. Frederick Douglass met regularly with President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War and recruited northern African Americans for the Union Army. After the war, Frederick Douglass worked tirelessly for women’s rights and for the equality of African Americans.
Mr. Douglass began his career at the State Department in 2002 as a producer/contractor in the Bureau of Public Affairs' Office of Broadcast Services. He became a full-time State employee in 2005, working as a TV broadcast producer / technician with the Department's American Embassy Television Network, disseminating public affairs information via satellite television to U.S. posts.
From 2008 to 2010, he served as consular section chief for the US Embassy Freetown, Sierra Leone and reported to the Deputy Chief of Mission. Mr. Douglass supervised a staff consisting of one entry-level officer, one EFM and 7 locally engaged staff (LES) and responsible for all aspects of consular work, including American citizens services, fraud investigations, immigrant and diversity visa (IV/DV) operations and nonimmigrant visa operations. His tasks included the resumption of immigrant visa operation after a 12-year hiatus and instituting diversity visa operations at US Embassy Freetown.
Before coming to State, as a broadcast professional at Black Entertainment Television Network, he worked as assistant director for the television show AM@BET and Cita’s World. Mr. Douglass has also served as an adjunct professor of philosophy at the Northern Virginia Community College, and at the Prince George's Community College. At both institutions, he designed and taught courses on introduction to philosophy and logic. Prior to that, as a Jesuit Scholastic-Seminarian in the California Province of the Society of Jesus, he chaired departments at Cardinal Hayes High School in New York City and at Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles.
Mr. Douglass holds a bachelor of arts degree in communication/TV production and English from Santa Clara University, in Santa Clara, California. From Fordham University, in New York City, he earned a master of arts degree in philosophy. William Douglass has obtained an intermediate working knowledge of the Spanish language and the Krio language (Sierra Leone).