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Whitney joined World Savvy as our Development and Communications Manager in August 2019 and stepped into the Director of Development role in December 2021. Growing up in rural Nebraska, she was fortunate to have several teachers who taught her to be curious about the world around her, explored big ideas and global issues, and helped her see that she could take action and have an impact in her community. This instilled in Whitney a deep appreciation for learning and connection, and led her to pursue a BA in International Studies at Pepperdine University before moving to New York City to complete her MA in International Affairs/Economic Development at The New School, where she also served as a Teaching and Research Assistant in Comparative Development Experience.
Throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies, Whitney also gained nonprofit experience in marketing, communications, event planning, individual giving, and grant management. After completing graduate school, Whitney moved to Denver to be closer to family, where she worked as a social worker with individuals experiencing homelessness before transitioning back into development and fundraising. She brings over six years of experience in institutional and individual fundraising to World Savvy, and is excited to support the accelerating growth and continued excellence of our work. Her hope is that someday all students have fantastic and well-supported teachers who help them think big, connect with others, and believe they can make a difference when it comes to solving local and global issues.
When she’s not helping tell World Savvy’s story, Whitney can be found exploring the outdoors with her husband, Joel, playing with their very smart dog and two silly cats, baking, gardening, reading a good book, or creating fiber arts.