William Pound served as the executive director of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) from 1987 to his retirement in August 2019. Mr. Pound was with NCSL from its founding in 1975 and has been instrumental in the development of many of its innovative programs and services designed for legislators, legislative leaders, and legislative staff.
Mr. Pound has researched and written extensively on legislatures, the legislative process, and fiscal and public finance issues. He speaks to both national and international audiences on topics of state government fiscal conditions, public policy issues, and on the activities of state legislatures and federalism. He also taught political science at the University of Colorado, the University of Denver, and Colorado State University.
He received his BA in political science from the University of Denver; completed a U.S. Department of Interior fellowship with Special Program, Water Resources Management, University of Wisconsin; and was a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Colorado.