Jalisa Whitley is the director of administration for the Culture of Health Leaders program where she provides administrative and budgetary support to the program. She assists leaders with hardship-fund requests and budgetary guidance on strategic initiatives. As director of leadership programs at the National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE), Jalisa develops leaders and catalyzes cross-sector partnerships to create a more equitable and just society. Recognizing that action, leadership, connection, and collaboration are the basis for driving policy decisions, Jalisa strives to connect people most impacted by social and racial injustices to transform systems and institutions built on the enduring legacy of racism.
Ms. Whitley has been active for over 10 years in the nonprofit community as a professional, volunteer, and board member.. Jalisa is passionate about connecting communities to opportunities to elevate their impact, cocreate solutions, and implement sustainable change. The common thread throughout her work is a commitment to uplifting the imagination, possibilities, and solutions that already exist in communities made vulnerable by divestment and systemic harm. Jalisa is committed to using her platform to resource, connect, and be in service of change agents working toward our collective liberation.
A native of Geneva, New York, Jalisa received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Public Policy from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Master of Public Policy in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, travel (when we’re not in a pandemic), and engaging with music, theater, and the arts.