Whitney Kimball Coe began working with the Center for Rural Strategies as a consultant to the Community Philanthropy Initiative and now serves as director of national programs and coordinator of the National Rural Assembly, a rural movement made up of activities and partnerships geared toward building better policy and more opportunity across the country. Whitney directs activities and gatherings of the Assembly, which bring together rural leaders and advocates from every region with key policy officials. Whitney also coordinates Congressional briefings for policy-makers, funders, and their staff on pressing rural issues. Over the years, Whitney has built partnerships with national public-interest organizations, funders, and grassroots organizers in ways that have informed public policy and private investment in rural people and places. She has master's degree in Appalachian studies from Appalachian State University in North Carolina and an undergraduate degree from Queens University of Charlotte.
Whitney lives in her hometown of Athens, a small city in East Tennessee, where she serves on the boards of the Friends of the Library, Athens Main Street Project, and the Council Advisory Board to the City of Athens. She also directs and performs in productions of the Athens Community Theatre and teaches fitness classes at the Athens-McMinn YMCA.