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Growing up in rural Nebraska, Whitney was fortunate to have numerous 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 connecting to others, and also gave her a serious travel bug. By the time she graduated from Pepperdine University with her BA in International Studies and minor in Latin American Studies, Whitney had traveled in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. She then moved to New York City to complete her MA in International Affairs with an emphasis in 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 events and marketing, grantwriting and institutional giving, and individual giving and communications. After completing graduate school, Whitney moved back west and settled in Denver, where she worked as a social worker with individuals experiencing homelessness for a time before transitioning back into development and fundraising. Whitney joins World Savvy as the Development and Communications Manager with over six years of experience in institutional and individual fundraising, and is excited to support the accelerating growth and continued excellence of World Savvy’s work. Her hope is that someday all students have amazing and well-supported teachers like she did who help them think big, connect with other people and cultures, and believe that they can make a difference when it comes to solving local and global issues.
When she’s not helping to tell World Savvy’s story, Whitney can be found exploring the outdoors with her husband, Joel, play with their very smart dog and two incredibly silly cats, baking fantastic creations, reading a good book, or creating fiber arts.