Katherine Whitney is a co-founder and director of Warren Whitney. She has over 25 years of experience in helping organizations reach their potential. She has a passion for helping to strengthen nonprofit organizations by building good business practices to support their missions.
Most of Katherine’s work involves understanding the current position of an organization and working with its staff, management, board members, and other supporters to determine strategic direction and to create an approach to implement that strategy. In addition to facilitating strategic plans, Katherine uses the strategic direction of the organization to support:
- Board development in areas such as board education, board member cultivation, board assessments, and governance guidelines.
- Mergers of nonprofits from the feasibility study through implementation.
- Organizational work such as succession plans and Executive Director / CEO Searches.
Katherine works across a number of nonprofit sectors, including education, human services, animal rescue, historic sites, conservation, membership organizations and foundations. Her approach for an engagement is tailored to each organization with particular attention given to the organization’s culture.
Katherine’s training work includes topics such as “Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members,” “Board and Management Partnerships,” “Cultivating New Board Members,” and “Nonprofit Mergers.” She conducts training for specific organizations as well as for groups representing a mixture of organizations.
Education and Service:
Katherine received her MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her BS in Mathematics from Davidson College.
Current community service includes serving on the boards of Northstar Academy, a K-12 special education school, and the Church Schools of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.
Previous board involvement includes St. Catherine’s School, The Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, the Heart of Virginia Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the advisory board of the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond, The Greater Richmond Partnership, The Richmond Chamber, and RichTech. She is a 1992 graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond.
She has been a speaker on a national seminar circuit for manufacturers and currently facilitates workshops on nonprofit governance topics. She is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer.