Whitney Walker, Executive Director

I grew up in a small country town in Eastern North Carolina with my two parents and was raised as an only child.  During high school I became really involved in the drama department and received a scholarship to Niagara University, where I received my Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree and also studied American Sign Language.  After graduation from Niagara I moved around for a bit, working theatre gigs on cruise ships and traveling tours.  I eventually returned to Western New York where, in between theatre gigs, I accepted a part time position at a group home for teens and adolescents.

I quickly became entrenched in the world of mental health, foster care, and child welfare and soon forgot all my aspirations of life on stage.  Soon after, I was accepted to UB where I received my Master’s degree in Social Work in 2014.  For 5 years I worked for the Mobile Safety-Net Team of the John R. Oishei Foundation where I worked on issues such as Domestic Violence, Workforce Development, Substance Abuse, and Food Access. After feeling like I had expanded on a great deal of enriching opportunities and valuable work, it was time for me to really roll up my sleeves and wade into the whirlpool of social justice. When I went into social work I knew that my dream wasn’t to be a therapist or do counseling, not that therapy is not critical work, but I felt that my calling was to make a dynamic impact on social policy, changing the laws, and breaking the rules set by an oppressive system.  I am looking for people to join with me in this call, impacting Workforce Development, Racial Equity, Mass Incarceration, and Economic Development.  If we are not connected already and you feel the same calling your soul, please reach out to me at whitney@voicebuffalo.org. I’d love to work with you!