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For more than 28 years Whitney has worked to improve Minnesotas environment as a staff member for several environmental organizations including Clean Water Action and Citizens for a Better Environment. During his 17-year tenure as executive director, he has led FMRs growth from a start-up group with one full-time employee to one of Minnesotas largest and most effective conservation organization with a staff of eighteen. Whitney has extensive experience in environmental policy, lobbying, advocacy and education campaigns, partnership building around environmental issues and fundraising. He is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota, where he studied history.
Whitney oversees all aspects of FMRs programs and operations and serves as the organizations primary spokesperson. He works closely with the Board of Directors to guide organizational policy and set strategic goals and plays an active role in each of the organizations programs. Whitney also works very closely with FMRs donors
Whitney says he agrees strongly with E.B. Whites comment I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. Whitneys preferred ways to enjoy the world are spending time with his wife and daughters and exploring the natural world. When he can combine the two its pretty much perfect, he says. He loves reading, traveling, listening to music and craft beer. When he can listen to music while enjoying a craft beer while traveling with his family, he says hes in a happy place, for sure.