A native Montanan, Whitney Williams is Founder + CEO of williamsworks, and leads the firm’s work with inspiring individuals and organizations to create lasting change in the world. As First Lady Hillary Clinton’s Trips Director, she honed her innate expertise in drawing together smart people with powerful ideas, partners and initiatives to create lasting positive impact. During her time in the White House, Whitney designed and managed more than 200 trips to dozens of countries for the First Lady of the United States, witnessing firsthand some of the greatest challenges facing this generation, and cultivating a network of exceptional people working tirelessly to solve them. It was from these experiences that Whitney created williamsworks, an action oriented consultancy driven to help extraordinary people achieve groundbreaking results.
For the last decade, Whitney has worked with some of the world’s most influential philanthropists, successful corporations, and leading NGOs to tackle problems on both a global and local scale. Whitney’s extensive network, coupled with more than a decade of global development experience—both on the ground and at the highest levels —form the foundation for williamsworks’ uncanny ability to make very big things happen in a smart, sustainable and humble way. From strategic planning to designing and managing how high profile individuals, corporations and organizations can create spectacular value, Whitney is adept at working through political, philanthropic and strategic complexities, ultimately turning vision into reality amid challenging circumstances and high stakes.
Whitney is a pioneer in the field of strategic advocacy in the philanthropic world. A decade ago, she launched williamsworks to build a consultancy that not only initiates and creates groundbreaking initiatives, but executes flawlessly across the complex aspects it takes to make them work. Today, with a carefully selected portfolio, williamsworks partners alongside the world’s leading visionaries, humanitarian organizations and corporations to amplify and accelerate the positive change they seek for the world.
Prior to williamsworks, Whitney created the first ever External Relations and Government Affairs function for the multi-billion dollar Casey Family Programs, the world’s largest operating foundation. As part of that work she led board development, executive recruitment, and overall design of a new $600 million dollar charitable foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, focused on supporting and mobilizing low-income families to strengthen their voices and promote overall economic equality in the U.S.
Dedication to public service runs in Whitney’s family. Dubbed the “first family of Montana politics,” her mother served as the first woman Majority and Minority Leader of the Montana Senate and her father served as Montana’s Congressman for 9 terms. Outside of her philanthropic work, Whitney has helped direct numerous political campaigns, including those for her parents, numerous friends running to serve through public office as well as Finance Co-Chair in Washington State for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential campaign.
In addition to her leadership of williamsworks, Whitney serves as co-founder and Vice Chair of the Board for Eastern Congo Initiative, the first U.S.-based advocacy and grant making organization focused solely on working with and for the people of eastern Congo. In this role Whitney oversees millions of dollars in grants to local Congolese organizations, as well as a broad U.S. and international advocacy agenda to drive the policies needed for lasting change in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Whitney also served on the Board of Trustees for the Glacier National Park Fund, and on the Boards of Directors for City Year/Seattle and New Futures. She is a longtime TEDster, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of Directors for Montana Conservation Voters.