Billy Downing is widely regarded as an expert in international college admissions counseling, having coached and guided families around the globe for over a decade. His reputation as a straight-talking, caring, and insightful mentor has helped to make ESM Group a leading educational services firm in Europe, Asia, and the United States. His passion and commitment for building a sustainable future has made him a catalyst for social change and transformation, particularly in the educational field. Downing's ability to inspire others and build consensus makes him a natural leader and has contributed to his success in building organizations and networks with a global presence.
As a speaker, there is no more powerful message than that of how "every student matters" and how parents, teachers, and school counselors can help navigate the College Admissions process. Downing is also featured on various news networks, radio shows, and print media as the go-to person for commentary on education reform, college counseling, and strategies for how students can maximize their college choices.
Along with his responsibilities at ESM, Downing also sits on the boards of the YMCA of Superior California, Wind Youth Services, and Positive Coaching Alliance. Downing, who has a Bachelors Degree from UC Berkeley and a Masters Degree from the University Of San Francisco, lives in Sacramento with wife and two kids.