Whitney is an advocate and policymaker who believes everyone should have equal access and opportunity to define their American Dream. She is a native of Virginia raised by a single mother who instilled in her the importance of education and the power of voting. Whitney was drawn to study the role of government and the influence systems have over people's lives because of her deep-rooted upbringing centered in education and civic engagement. As a natural born advocate for social justice and equity, Whitney’s professional life mirrors her commitment to service and lifts the voices of those in her community.
Whitney has spent her career advocating for sustainable policy solutions on behalf domestic and sexual violence survivors and their families. She has a proven record working with advocates to close systematic gaps to end cycles of violence and poverty. This is demonstrated by Whitney serving on the Impact of Domestic Violence and the Courts committee for the State of Arizona and working directly with policy makers to create change. Recently, Whitney worked with policy makers to improve access for survivors seeking orders of protection. Her work with victims of family violence and sexual assault has provided invaluable assistance, healing and resources to countless survivors.
Whitney is passionate about elevating the voices of marginalized communities and building a Maricopa County that thrives for all of us. This is demonstrated by her being an active board member for two non-profit organizations that aim to improve the everyday lives of our community, Ebony House, Inc., and Booker T. Washington Child Development Center. Most recently, Whitney was appointed to the Human Relations Commission for the City of Phoenix where she advises the city council on human relations issues and assists in implementing the city's policy against discrimination. Whitney is committed to doing the work in making Arizona, in all regards, equitable.
Whitney’s work ethic and dedication to building a thriving community has earned her leadership opportunities and recognition from Leading for Change, Emerge Arizona, Arizona Women’s Education & Employment Foundation (AWEE) Leadership Institute for Women, Celebration of Women 2018 Honoree, and Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals.
Currently, Whitney serves as the Director of Public Policy and Communications for Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition (PAFCO) where she remains a steadfast leader in strengthening our community to build a better Maricopa County and Arizona. She graduated with Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and holds a Juris Doctor Degree.
"We must ensure that Arizona is a place where every community thrives, regardless of their zip code" - Whitney Walker