When Steve Whitney was invited to join the Bullitt staff in 2000, he perceived an unprecedented opportunity to serve the environmental community and protect the ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. His previous fourteen years with The Wilderness Society as director of its National Parks Program, Northwest Regional Director, and Deputy Vice President for Regional Conservation expanded on earlier experience he had gained as a land planning consultant and Congressional staffer.
Steve has served as a natural resource specialist with the National Parks Conservation Association, as Legislative Aide to then-Representative Leon Panetta, and as a board member of several non-profit organizations including Washington Environmental Council, Cascade Youth Symphony, Earth Ministry, and the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity – a national association of environmental foundations. He currently serves on the Advisory Council for Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions and on the Professionals Council for the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science from Utah State University’s College of Natural Resources, and a Master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. While trained as an urban planner, he ultimately traces his career choices back to time spent with his parents in Yosemite National Park, which helped foster his appreciation of wilderness. A parent himself, he proudly acknowledges the achievements of two talented daughters. He is a cyclist, and when not traversing northwest trails under towering trees, Steve enjoys frequent visits to the high desert of New Mexico.