Where Are They Now? William Chatman, Class of 2018

This post is part of an occasional series focusing on Leadership Development Academy graduates and what they have done, personally and professionally, in the years following their LDA experience. Please contact us if you would like to be profiled here, or would like to recommend a graduate for us to feature.

The William Chatman family
The William Chatman family


William Chatman

Year Graduated:


What are you doing now?

I am currently the Executive Director/CEO of Comprehensive Community Solution Inc., not for profit that is similar to Community Action.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A teacher.

William Chatman
William Chatman

How did LDA help you on your journey?

Helped me see other perspectives in the community. Helped me with my connections in Rock County. Helped see all the cool things and organizations that exist in Rock County.

Favorite song/band:

“I Can” by Nas.

What piece of advice would you give a new LDA participant?

Trust the process.

What do you like to do in your spare time?


Favorite Rock County event:


Where do you volunteer?

LDA, Illinois YouthBuild Coalition, The Workforce Connection Manager Council, 7th Ward City Council meetings.

If you could trade careers with any local person, who would you trade with and why?


William Chatman speaking to the US Senate
William Chatman speaking to the US Senate

When you reflect on your LDA experience, what is your fondest memory? Scariest memory?

Fondest memory is Active Shooter Training. It was informative and well put together.

Scariest memory: Trusting my team to catch me in a fall at OWLS Leadership Academy.

Future goal or dream:

I am thinking about politics in my future. Maybe Alderman in Rockford, Illinois or Mayor.

Any regrets?


Why have you stayed involved with LDA?

I love the work that LDA does.

Favorite quote:

If outsiders build your community it will cease to be your community.
— Author Unknown

What was your LDA project? How did it impact your experience with LDA or in life?

Created a book exploring different careers in English and Spanish. I loved it and it showed me that it is easier than I thought to write a book.

YB Student vs YB Executive Director
William as a Illinois YouthBuild Coalition student (right) vs William as a Illinois YouthBuild Coalition Executive Director

If you could choose a community project or need to help out with today, what would it be and why?

The community need that I continue to work on is insuring that there are opportunities for at risk youth to tap into their full potential and benefit their selves, families, and communities.

Who do you look up to as a community leader/mentor?

Former President Barack Obama. I have a picture with him.

How has LDA prepared you or your business for COVID? Any stories you would like to share with us?


Do you know of any new non-profits that might need community support now?

Yes. Mine, but we are not located in Rock County. :(