Whitney Hostetter

Research & Policy Director

Whitney Hostetter serves as the Director of Research and Policy of the Eleanor Crook Foundation. Prior to joining ECF, Whitney worked as the Head of Programs for Catholic Relief Services in South Sudan. There she provided leadership over one of the largest portfolios in the country, overseeing and developing programs in health, nutrition, food security, water and sanitation, and multiple other sectors. She has worked with numerous NGOs and the UN on a wide range of programs in East Africa, India, Southeast Asia, and Central America. Throughout her career, she has leveraged her deep knowledge of food security, health, and conflict in order to lead large-scale nutrition and health programs. Whitney’s work has had a particular focus on fragile and conflict-affected countries in East Africa where there is a high burden of malnutrition, including South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya. She is well versed in working with multi-lateral and bilateral institutions, as well as research institutions and governments from multiple countries. A former Fulbright scholar, Whitney holds a master’s degree in Public Health from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a dual bachelor’s degree in International Studies and German Studies from Emory University.