William “Bill” Roper, Esq.

Research and comment drafting

William Roper, Esq. is the president and founder of Slow Communities, a consultancy offering creative thinking to foundations and non-profit organizations in the areas of strategic planning, program development, cumulative impact, evaluation, and governance and concerning innovative citizen participation and community planning. Previously, Bill served the Orton Family Foundation from 1998 – 2012, initially as Director of Programs, then as President and CEO. Prior to working with the Foundation, Bill practiced law for fourteen years in a private firm in Middlebury, Vermont and became a prominent land use attorney focusing on creative and thoughtful local community planning, as well as on sound economic and environmental development in the private market. He was the lead attorney in turning back Wal-Mart’s first proposed big box store in VT and successfully fought several proposals to expand ski areas into key habitats. Bill has served on the Boards of the Vermont Natural Resources Council, Vermont Forum on Smart Growth, Town Hall Theater, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Middlebury Area Land Trust, and his local town’s planning commission.