William G. Meserve

U.S. to Greece 1957; Young Leaders to Soviet Union 1984

Bill Meserve is a former Director and Board Chair of AFS-USA and former Trustee and Board Chair of AFS International. He chaired the AFS Centennial celebration in Paris in 2014.

Bill is a retired partner from the Boston-based international law firm of Ropes & Gray, where he served for a time as head of the firm’s litigation group. He has been a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers for over 35 years and was recognized as one of the Best Lawyers of America while actively practicing. Prior to Ropes & Gray, Bill worked as a staff counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce. Bill served for eighteen years as a Trustee of Tufts (where he chaired the Administration and Finance Committee and served on the Executive Committee for several years) and is now a Trustee Emeritus.

Bill served for over thirty years on the Board of Visitors to The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, was a Trustee and Governor of the New England Medical Center (now Tufts Medical Center) for about twenty years, was Board Chair of Earthwatch Institute for about 10 years, was a Director for forty years and Board Chair for about half that time of United South End Settlements (a large social service agency in Boston), and was a Director and Vice Chair of the Boston Fulbright Committee, among other non-profit activities. He is currently a Director and former Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts and a Director and Treasurer of the Natural Resources Council of Maine.

Bill is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Tufts, an honors graduate of Harvard Law School, and has a degree from the London School of Economics, which he attended under a Knox Fellowship from Harvard.