Sheryl Whitney is a Partner of Whitney Jennings, a management consulting firm dedicated to helping institutions be more effective and build stronger communities. She comes to this firm after building a record of leadership and creativity in public service. Sheryl served for seven years as Deputy County Executive in King County. In this role she supervised and managed the Departments of Adult and Juvenile Detention, Community and Human Services, Development and Environmental Services, Executive Services, Information Technology, Natural Resources and Parks, Public Health and Transportation, a workforce totaling 13,000 employees. This position also placed Sheryl in a leadership role for numerous transformative initiatives in King County, including those focused on advancing equity and social justice, sustainable housing solutions, policies to slow the rate of climate change, alternatives to incarceration, the quality of rural area service provision and improved program performance measurement and accountability.
More recently, Sheryl has worked as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and played a key role in helping rethink approaches to fair housing, so that they become more inclusive and better influence planning and development patterns in communities. She spearheaded outreach to elected and state and local government officials to ensure that the new regulations were levelheaded and feasible without sacrificing aspirations for greater impact.
Sheryl’s passions extend beyond effective public administration, fair housing, and equitable economic development. She actively advocates for child welfare reform and an improved foster care system. She currently serves as a Dependency Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and formerly worked on these issues as part of the Casey Family Program team.
Sheryl has a Masters degree in International Economic Development from American University in Washington, D.C., a Bachelors degree in International Studies from the Jackson School of the University of Washington, and a certificate in Executive Leadership from Seattle University.