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William Kane Reilly

administrator , firm executive , preservationist

William Kane Reilly, American private equity firm executive, preservationist, former federal agency administrator. Bar: Illinois, Massachusetts 1965. Named to American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2007. Served to captain, Counter Intelligence Corps United States Army, 1966-1967; board directors David and Lucile Packard Foundation; Fellow: American Academy Arts & Sciences; member: University (Washington), University (New York City).


Reilly, William Kane was born on January 26, 1940 in Decatur, Illinois, United States. Son of George P. and Margaret (Kane) M.


Bachelor in History, Yale University, 1962. Juris Doctor, Harvard University, 1965. Master of Science in Urban Planning, Columbia University, 1971.


Attorney firm Ross & Hardies, Chicago, 1965. Associate director Urban Policy Center, Urban American, Inc., also National Urban Coalition, Washington, 1969-1970. Senior staff member President's Council Environmental Quality, 1970-1972.

Executive director Rockefeller Task Force on Land Use & Urban Growth, 1972-1973. President Conservation Foundation, Washington, 1973-1989, World Wildlife Fund, Washington, 1985-1989. Administrator Environmental Protection Agency, 1989-1993.

Payne visiting professor Stanford University, 1993-1994, visiting professor, 1994-1997. President, Chief Executive Officer Aqua International Partners, Texas Pacific Group, San Francisco, since 1997. Chairman Natural Resources Council America, 1982-1983.

Head United States delegate Earth Summit, 1992. Head United States delegate to negotiate Amendments to Montreal Protocol on the Ozone Layer, 1990, 92. Co-chairman National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill & Offshore Drilling, since 2010.

Board directors E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, since 1993, ConocoPhillips Company, since 1997, Royal Caribbean International, since 1998, Evergreen Holdings, Inc., Ionics Inc., since 2000, Enviance, since 2006, AgraQuest, Inc., since 2007. Board directors National Geography Society, American Academy in Rome, Presidio Trust. Chairman emeritus World Wildlife Fund.

Member international advisory board, Lafarge. Chair advisory board Goldman School Public Policy University California at Berkeley.


  • Bar: Illinois, Massachusetts 1965.


book Zoning Rules!: The Economics of Land Use Regulation book Environmental Geography: Science, Land Use, and Earth Systems, 3rd Edition book Zoning Rules!: The Economics of Land Use Regulation book The Homevoter Hypothesis: How Home Values Influence Local Government Taxation, School Finance, and Land-Use Policies book Municipal Sludge Use in Land Reclamation


Served to captain, Counter Intelligence Corps United States Army, 1966-1967. Board directors David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Fellow: American Academy Arts & Sciences.

Member: University (Washington), University (New York City).


Married Elizabeth Bennett Buxton. Children: Katherine, Megan.

George P. M.

Margaret (Kane) M.

Elizabeth Bennett Buxton

Katherine Reilly

Megan Reilly