Will Schenk

Project Manager


Will Schenk joined Sagacious Partners as a project manager in 2016 after starting with the company as a fellow. A graduate of Clemson University with degrees in both Economics and Environmental & Natural Resources, his broad background of knowledge gives him a unique perspective. His natural curiosity and expertise in producing relevant, concise research and strategy enables him to constantly seek and create new solutions for clients. Will’s passion for placemaking and competitive spirit make him a natural fit for regionally-focused and statewide initiatives.

Will’s unique ability is benchmarking the best to create a clear vision, developing decisive, forward-thinking strategies through his own dot-connecting lens, and competing tenaciously to set new standards for people and places around him.

A native of New Windsor, Maryland, Will spends his free days fishing the Congaree, backpacking the Blue Ridge and finding the best new restaurants and breweries in Columbia. He also serves as a mentor for innovative Richland Two teachers and faculty as they develop new projects through the R2 Innovates program.


New Windsor, MD (Motto: “We’ll get a stoplight one of these days”)

What do you do really well?
Research. Strategy. Carry things over mountains.

What are some things you care about deeply?
Placemaking. Conservation. Family (including my dogs, Riley and Mako).

What upsets you?
“Columbia’s best attribute? It’s two hours from the mountains and two hours from the beach.”

What grounds you?
Time spent outdoors: there’s nothing better than a long, difficult backpacking trip with tons of elevation gain in freezing-cold weather.

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