Founder + CEO
Whitney Williams has worked on the front lines of domestic and global development for two decades. Her core skill is forging teams of divergent, unlikely, and powerful players to advance the common good worldwide.
She established williamsworks to serve individuals, foundations, and advocacy organizations by bringing clients’ goals into sharper focus and by guiding action to achieve those goals. Whitney’s deep experience in strategy, government relations, and grassroots advocacy inform and develop solutions that are creative, unique, and appropriate to the needs of clients.
Whitney is personally involved in developing strategies, positioning clients, and devising and delivering international and domestic learning experiences. Her in-depth understanding of the complexity of working worldwide and her knowledge of uncertain political environments ensure that clients’ grant-making and advocacy succeed.
Whitney also serves as co-founder and vice-chair of the board for the 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, she oversees millions of dollars in grants to dozens of local Congolese community-based organizations, as well as a broad U.S. and international advocacy agenda to foster sound public policy for the DRC.
Believing in the transformative power of storytelling to shape culture and history, Whitney founded Snowbird Stories where she helps bring historically underrepresented communities’ stories to life.
Before founding williamsworks, she served in pivotal roles, on the senior staff, of Casey Family Programs and in the White House for First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Whitney is the Founder of Snowbird Fund which is a first of it’s kind fund giving direct financial support to Montana Native families conducting community searches for their missing loved ones.
Dedication to the common good and public service runs in Whitney’s family. Her mother, Carol Williams, was the first woman elected both majority and minority leader of the Montana Senate, and her father, Pat Williams, served as Montana’s distinguished congressman for nine terms. In 2020, Whitney was a candidate for Governor in her home state of Montana.
Whitney is a graduate of the University of Montana in political science and wilderness and Native American studies. She, and her English Shepard Seamus, live in Missoula, Montana, where Whitney is an active volunteer, serves on the Board for Alight, and is a guest lecturer at the University of Montana.