Mr. Leighty has an extensive career in performance management and performance review. Until September of 2007, Bill served as Chief of Staff to Governors Kaine and Warner of Virginia, acting as the Chief Operating Officer of the Commonwealth. In 2005, Governing Magazine named Virginia the “Best Managed State in the Nation” and in 2007, Governing named him one of nine “Public Officials of the Year.” For seven years, Bill was the Director of the Virginia Retirement System, where he led the agency to three consecutive US Senate Productivity Awards.
Upon retirement, Bill joined DecideSmart, LLC consulting. In April of 2008, he served as Senior Advisor to the Scottish Executive advising the government on how to design and implement Scotland Performs, a national performance management system. In July of 2008, Bill conducted a performance review of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, a $52 billion pension system. In 2009, at the invitation of the US Secretary of Defense, Bill participated in a Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, observing US Department of Defense activities in Greece, Spain, England and Germany. In 2011, at the request of the National Governors Association, Bill led a 5 person delegation to Nigeria to conduct a “new governors” seminar for the newly elected governors of Nigeria.
Bill joined state government after serving in the United States Marine Corps. He graduated from Mary Washington College in 1978, and holds an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University.