Whitney has been an advocate for education access for over a decade. She was admitted to the Washington Bar in 2018 and received her JD from Seattle University. She also has a BA from Western Oregon University in American Sign Language/English Interpreting. She has been heavily involved in the Deaf and DeafBlind community since she was a small child and she started signing at the age of four.
Prior to her career as an attorney, she spent sixteen years as a certified sign language interpreter working in a variety of settings including interpreting in schools for students, parents, and educators. During that time, she helped to lead the effort in the legislature to establish a minimum standard for sign language interpreters in public schools. She also played a leading role in winning a living wage for interpreters in schools, the result of an organizing campaign uniting the Deaf community and interpreters. Because of her advocacy, in 2014 Whitney became the first person to receive the Theresa B. Smith Distinguished Service Award from Washington State Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf for being an ally, advocate, and visionary.
Before joining Cedar Law in 2019, Whitney worked as a public defense attorney in Pierce County. This experience further cemented her commitment to underserved and marginalized populations.
Whitney is excited to unite her experience and education as an attorney with her experience, reputation, and cultural understanding of the Deaf and DeafBlind community. She brings to Cedar Law a commitment to justice and her belief that everyone has a right to a quality education.