Jennifer Whatley

Title: Divisional Vice President

Department: Civil Society and Governance

Jennifer Whatley has nearly 20 years of international development experience, focused primarily on civil society strengthening, democracy, and human rights issues. She joined World Learning in 2004 and presently serves as divisional vice president for Civil Society and Governance. Her current portfolio encompasses projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, which focus on creating space for civic activists, encouraging democratic development, and strengthening the capacity of local organizations and local governments to deliver improved services to communities.

She also oversees cross-unit initiatives focused on improving the inclusion of vulnerable groups such as women, people with disabilities, LGBTQI, ethnic and racial minorities, religious minorities, and youth into World Learning’s international development and exchange programs.

Whatley has conducted institutional and civil society capacity assessments, evaluations, and trainings in several countries in Africa, Asia, the Balkans, the Caribbean, and Eurasia. Before joining World Learning she implemented democracy and exchange programs at Freedom House. She earned a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Expertise: democracy & governance, civil society strengthening, civic engagement, organizational assessments, inclusive development, program design and management, monitoring & evaluation