As managing principal of Raben's Culture, Strategy, and Organizational Design practice area, Whitney Tome has enjoyed a career full of collaborations with fishermen and environmentalists, advocates and political strategists, government employees, and thought leaders — but always animated around crafting the approach and solutions needed for solving the problem at hand. Combining facilitation skills, deep expertise in equitable theory and practice, knowledge of environmental issues, and understanding of people, Whitney can delve into a context, ask the right questions, and develop a strategy that fits the moment.
At Raben, Whitney has served as the executive director of Green 2.0, an initiative to transform the racial and ethnic diversity of the environmental movement. She has also led several cohort programs for organizations and funders to operationalize equitable change management and supports organizations ranging from small nonprofits to global corporations to understand and shift their culture, structure, systems, and mindsets.
Before joining Raben, Whitney served as the director of diversity and inclusion at the National Parks Conservation Association. She defined and crafted metrics and measures for the organization’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Whitney has advised complex ocean stakeholder processes as a Program Manager and Mediator at the Meridian Institute, including facilitating public meetings for regional ocean planning bodies that included state, federal, and tribal partners.
At Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Whitney served as a strategist, cat herder, and trusted advisor in dozens of state and federal political campaigns. She also developed, launched, and grew the Fisheries Leadership and Sustainability Forum — a partnership between EDF, Duke University’s Nicholas Institute, and Stanford University’s Woods Institute. Whitney developed everything from the curriculum for fisheries managers to managing the steering committee, budget, and partners for the Fisheries Forum. Within a few short years, due to Whitney’s continuous relationship building and well-executed and informative events, the National Marine Fisheries Service asked the Forum to lead an entire sector of the largest conference in the United States focused on the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act — Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries Conference.
Whitney earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Middlebury College and a Juris Doctor from American University’s Washington College of Law. She also won the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Mediation Competition in Paris, France.