Founder + CEO
williamsworks is the realization of Whitney’s vision to create a new discipline in the philanthropy field. As a pioneer of strategic advocacy, Whitney is dedicated to defining and maximizing the impact of individuals, foundations, and advocacy organizations. Leveraging her experience in strategic planning, government relations, and grassroots advocacy. Whitney provides executive leadership, ensuring that the williamsworks approach results in solutions that are creative, unique, and customized.
Whitney is personally involved in developing philanthropy strategies, positioning clients, and conceiving and implementing international and domestic learning engagements. Her in-depth understanding of the complexity of working across the globe and her knowledge of complex political environments help clients make their grant making and advocacy efforts as effective as possible.
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 grantmaking organization focused solely on working with and for the people of eastern Congo. In this role Whitney 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 drive good public policies relative to the DRC.
Dedication to the common good and public service runs in Whitney’s family. Her mother, Carol Williams, was the first woman elected both Majority + Minority Leader of the Montana Senate, and her father, Pat Williams, served as Montana’s distinguished Congressman for nine terms.
Whitney is a graduate of the University of Montana in Political Science and Wilderness and Native American studies. She lives in Missoula, Montana where she serves on the Board for Alight and is a guest lecturer at the University of Montana.