Education

Education

MPM (Master's Degree in Political Management)

George Washington University

Courses: 

  • Communications Elements
  • Fundamentals of Political Management
  • Ethics for Political Managers
  • Research for Political Managers
  • Communications Strategy
  • Campaign Organization
Aug 2004 - May 2007

Juris Doctor

Stetson University College of Law

Awards/Honors:

  • Public Services Fellows Recognition Award, 2007
  • William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award, 2007
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 2007
  • Stetson University College of Law Public Service Fellowship (Florida Bar Foundation), 2006-2007
  • 2005 Florida Bar Foundation Fellowship
  • Ferguson-White American Inn of Court, 2006-2007
  • Madison Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals, 2006-present
Aug 2000 - Aug 2003

B.A.

The University of Tampa

Awards/Honors:

  • Multiple Award Winner for the National Dean's List (2000-2003)
  • George Washington National Award (The Freedom Foundation)
  • Morris White Pre-Law Award
  • Phi Eta Sigma (National Honor Society)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha, Nu Upsilon Chapter (Government & World Affairs/Political Science Honor Society)

Work History

Work History
Jan 2008 - Present

CEO/Owner/President

The Whitaker Consultant Group, LLC
Services: Litigation Support & Research 2.0, Nonprofit Advocacy (Admin. & Mgmt) 2.0, Political Management 2.0, Internet Marketing Overview: 
  • Sole member/owner and Chief Executive Officer offering services in the areas of legal research and drafting, political analysis, nonprofit administration & management, marketing, event planning, professional/technical career consultation, and internet media broadcast production & management .
  • Utilize leading research solutions to include but not limited to LexisNexis and Oxford University Press online research tools.
  • Clientele includes non-profits and for-profit entities.

Brands:

Social Profiles: 

Jan 2009 - Present

Assistant Professor (College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences)

University of the Virgin Islands
  • Instruct students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.
  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to students.
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.
  • Propose courses of instruction in human rights law in support of the University's Vision 2012.
  • Courses taught: criminal law/criminal justice, crime prevention, juvenile delinquency law (juvenile delinquency and justice), police community relations and communications
May 2008 - Present

Drafter/Editor

Fifth Constitutional Convention of the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Reviewed the Fourth Constitutional Convention document.
  • Assisted the Convention Delegates with the first draft of what will constitute a U.S. Virgin Islands Constitution.
  • Assisted Convention Committees with the editing of language contained in the Fourth Constitutional Convention  Constitution as adopted by the Fifth Convention Delegates as well as the drafting of new language for the current working U.S. Virgin Islands Constitution document.
  • Worked with Convention committee chairs to solidify the sections of the Fourth Constitution that were within their committee's jurisdiction.
2006 - Present

Congressional Intern

Office of Congresswoman Donna M. Christensen
  • Briefed member on Small Business, Homeland Security and International Relations Committee bills and resolutions, particularly the Darfur crisis.
  • Worked directly with the Legislative Director and the Senior Legislative Policy Advisor on various legislative matters.
  • Drafted memoranda on various issues related to areas and information obtained at committee hearings and mark-ups.
  • Researched and drafted legislation for the creation of a nonimmigrant health visa, municipal government in the Virgin Islands(VI) and a constitutional amendment granting full Article III status to territorial judges in the Virgin Islands.
  • Communicated, researched, and coordinated constituent concerns and created response letters.
Aug 2009 - Sep 2010

Judicial Law Clerk

Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, Hon. Darryl D. Donohue, Sr. Presiding Judge
  • Researched briefs, records, opinions, and the law.
  • Drafted jury instructions, orders and various opinions for presiding trial court judge
  • Assisted judge in preparation of cases for decision and/or oral argument and discussed cases with co-clerks when necessary.
  • Communicated with attorneys, presiding judge and pro se litigants concerning case management.
  • Observed judicial proceedings. 
May 2008 - Jan 2009

Associate

Law Offices of Rohn & Cameron, LLC
  • Researched case law, statutes and other sources of law in the areas of arbitration, personal injury, toxic torts, labor and employment and contracts.
  • Drafted motions, pleadings, and writings with minimal supervision.
  • Drafted legislation to support the Law Offices partners' advocacy efforts, in particular arbitration legislation.
  • Drafted demand letters in support of settlements and mediation hearings.
  • Conducted client interviews and draft affidavits in arbitration cases.
  • January 2009-May 2009: Contract Associate

Aug 2007 - May 2008

Legal Counsel

Office of Sen. Ronald E. Russell, Esq. (27th Legislature, Virgin Islands)
  • Drafted legislation as directed by the Senator.
  • Reviewed bill proposals and provided the Senator with recommendations.
  • Assisted Senator with community program proposals to include the establishment of a Sports Complex.
  • Assistant Editor of the Senator's publication, the Russell Report.
  • Drafted, edited and sent out press releases on the Senator's legislative actions, recommendations and proposals.
  • Constituent Work: conducted client intake, interviewed clients, researched client issues in the areas of wrongful discharge, personal injury, property rights and other areas as assigned.
Sep 2007 - Nov 2007

Reseacher

Virgin Islands Commission on Judicial Disabilities
  • Reviewed the code provisions of the Virgin Islands Commission on Judicial Disability law.
  • Reviewed ethics complaints and conduct research to analyze highly publicized case.
  • Drafted memoranda in support of research conducted and present findings to commission members.
Dec 2006 - Mar 2007

Volunteer

Legal Services of the Virgin Islands
  • Assisted Staff Attorney with research project involving contract disputes.
  • Reviewed case pleadings and case materials.
  • Conducted extensive research to determine supportive statutes and case law as well as devised alternative arguments for dispute.
  • Drafted memoranda in support of claims against the limited liability partnership in dispute as well as for use by Attorney in other relevant cases.
Aug 2006 - Nov 2006

Certified Legal Intern

Gulfcoast Legal Services (Immigration Clinic)
  • ·Worked closely with Director of Litigation to provide assistance to individuals who have meritorious claims under
  • U.S. immigration laws as well as persons over 60 to appeal a denial of naturalization and other cases where there is merit and no financial ability to get assistance from an attorney or other nonprofit provider.
  • Represented clients in obtaining affirmative benefits or by interposing defensive strategies to prevent deportation.
  • Represented clients who have suffered human rights abuses as well as victims of domestic violence, victims of persecution, victims of torture or trafficking, in applying for US refugee status.
  • Represented clients with family reunification.
  • Compiled and analyzed human rights/country-condition information and report findings in the form of a legal brief.
  • Tasked with advancing my client’s cases and developing theories and strategies to protect their interests.
  • Pre-trial: Interviewed clients (refugees and asylum seekers), prepared factual affidavits, expert witness affidavits and testimony, investigation and evidence gathering.
Jan 2006 - May 2006

In-House Counsel Intern/Associate Producer (“Bayview”)

WFTS ABC Action News
  • Interpreted Federal Communications Commission (FCC) communiqués to each department.
  • Prepared FCC Issues and Responsive Programming and Children's Programming Reports to ensure that all Departments and news anchors were in compliance with FCC.
  • Researchedandprepared pertinent information and questions for "Bayview", WFTS' weekly community affairs show.
Mar 2005 - Jun 2005

Florida Bar Foundation Fellow

Legal Aid of Manasota
  • Addressed client concerns and gave supervised legal advice pertinent to case development.
  • Took part in the implementation, planning, & development of various need based programs and initiatives including the grant application for the Income Tax payer Clinic, VLSP (Volunteer Legal Services Program) Landlord Tenant Law project & legal services cooperative Community Law Program.
  • Attended legal advice clinics and pro se divorce clinics.
  • Researched various legal topics and composed findings in memo format.
Apr 2004 - Mar 2005

Legal Intern

Dennis A. Lopez, P.A.
  • Took and transcribed dictation for the drafting of a variety of correspondence and legal documents.
  • Gathered material and evidence for use in hearings, lawsuits and insurance investigations.
  • Researched assigned topics using WestLaw software and online legal resources.
  • Wrote memos on research findings and reported such information to the attorney.
Aug 2002 - Dec 2002

Law Clerk/Victim-Witness Intern

U.S. Attorney’s Office-MDFL

Summer 2005

  • Victim Witness Intern: Provided trial and case related assistance; Assisted Assistant U.S. Attorneys and investigative agents with trial preparation; Performed administrative duties such as filing, copying, typing collating, typing interoffice communications, sending faxes, and making phone calls to the various law enforcement agencies.
  • Reported directly to the Chief of the Criminal Law Division.
  • Served on Organized Crime prosecution team involved with a case sensitive to U.S. National Security matters and worked under the direction of the U.S. Attorney.
  • Organized litigation documents and drafted legal analysis in form of legal memoranda in support of criminal litigation.
Jun 2002 - Aug 2002

Intern

UBS PaineWebber
  • Maintained files for various brokers and the compliance files of the branch.
  • Ordered company supplies.
  • Wrote checks for bills and sent them in for approval by the Branch Manager.

Objective

To have a direct, positive impact on the way the international community views the Caribbean and to ensure that the U.S. Virgin Islands assumes an essential role in the development of a new global perception of the region.

Foreign Language

  • Spanish (Conversational)

Publications

  • Conducted research on the Israeli legal system for a chapter in James Beckman, Comparative Legal Approaches to Homeland Security and Anti-Terrorism(Ashgate 2007).
  • Acknowledgement: Professor Beckman stated that, "Ms. Whitaker, a 2003 Honors program alumna from the University of Tampa, and now a third year law student at Stetson University College of Law, conducted research on the Israeli legal system for this book. [Ms. Whitaker was an] excellent student[ ] at UT[The University of Tampa], and the research conducted . . . was top notch graduate level research, and ultimately indispensable to the completion of the . . . Israel section[ ] of this book. Thus, I am indebted to [Ms. Whitaker] for [her] excellent research and assistance."
  • Conducted research to supplement a presentation at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2007 Midwinter Meeting & Seminar: "Jurisdictional Issues in Computer Fraud Cases" by Dean Ellen S. Podgor ( 2007).

Professional Experience

AARP-Virgin Islands,

Associate State Director of Communications, St. Croix, VIJuly 2011-present

  • Serve as a member of the state team and is responsible for the development and implementation of AARP’s
  • presence in communities.
  • Work in collaboration with community agencies, non-profit organizations and the business community.
  • Develop and implement activities related to strategic priorities in communities, including education/learning
  • activity opportunities, and various consumer, health, or economic security issues.Organizes and maintains visible and effective statewide coalitions and partnerships dealing with strategic issues.
  • Work with national office staff to promote AARP’s strategic issues and priorities, programs, and activities.

  • Facilitates interaction and communication with national office issue experts to provide technical assistance and
  • ensure the proper resources are available for staff and volunteers, including issue material, talking points, updates and briefing material.
  • Develop and implement AARP integrated community and communications strategies.
  • Perform communications functions, including basic promotion of AARP, news releases, media advisories,
  • assistance with advocacy campaigns, webplace and newsletter coordination.
  • Make presentations at workshops and conferences as appropriate.
  • Work with statewide volunteers on primary issues, community service concerns, as well as support for legislative efforts with education backing on other issues as needed.
  • Coordinate and provide assistance in responding to the media on strategic issues; Serve as the media spokesperson, article writer, or technical expert (social media) to enhance media awareness in the state.
  • Ensure AARP is seen as a visible force in community service and public policy development by educating staff, volunteers, members, government and elected officials, and the public.
  • Work with national office staff to promote AARP’s strategic issues and priorities, programs, and activities, and position AARP with the media in the states; Demonstrate One AARP cultural attributes and behaviors in allinteractions. 

Partners for Freedom & Democracy,

Director Youth & Volunteer Advocacy, Silver Spring, MD April 2006-August 2008

  • Work closely with Executive Director and fellow Board Members to develop youth and volunteer advocacy programs in the areas of civic and environmental education, conservation, community-service and leadership.
  • Identify local, national, and international youth development programs for collaboration consideration.
  • Implement programs and initiatives to strengthen existing community-based programs.
  • Engage youth leaders and professionals from around in the world in the study and discourse on the meaning of democratic governance throughout the world.
  • Facilitate the youth leaders and professionals' development of programs and initiatives.
  • Direct the e-Democracy Forum and identify other online modules of communication.
  • Chair of the 2008 Partners "Youths, the Law, and Leadership: Empowering Youths to Achieve" Summit Planning Committee (to be held in Abuja, Nigeria)

Amnesty International USA (AIUSA),

Florida State Legislative Coordinator, Washington, D.C. July 2006-July 2007

  • Worked in conjunction with Amnesty's professional legislative advocates in Washington, Florida area and student coordinators, regional staff, and Southern Region membership to achieve legislative goals in the United States.
  • Researched human rights issues and plan human rights workshops for student and local Amnesty groups.
  • Provided outreach to groups by educating and training state Amnesty activists and leaders and conducted quarterly trainings. Identified as well as devised legislative initiatives and presented such information to the legislative advocates for submission to the AIUSA Board of Directors.
  • Mobilized Area Coordinators, Student Coordinators and Southern Region membership to take action on various Amnesty International campaigns in support of the human rights goals.
  • Remained abreast of current Amnesty International's national legislative priority issues through e-mail, the internet and via phone conference calls.
  • Organized meetings between activist and their Members of Congress and assist Amnesty activist with developing working relationships with elected officials.
  • Worked in coalition with other organizations such as UNA-USA on Amnesty's priority issues when appropriate namely the Darfur Crisis and Guantanamo Bay.

LexisNexis,

Associate, Tampa/Gulfport, FL April 2005- May 2007

  • Central point of contact for 1,000 student users and professors at Stetson.
  • Provided group and individual trainings on LexisNexis' newest Total Practice Solutions applications as well as legal research in the subject matters to include but is not limited to International, Immigration, Environmental Law and Intellectual Property.
  • Served as a LexisNexis liaison to Career Services, Law Review/Journals, Trial Team, Moot court and student organizations.

UNA-USA Young Professionals for Intl Cooperation (YPIC) Tampa Bay Program,

Chair, August 2005-2007

  • Founding Chair of the UNA-USA YPIC Tampa Bay Program.
  • Assisted Regional and Interest Area Committee Directors in meeting their yearly requirements.
  • Planned and implement general YPIC programs, and generally ensure that YPIC meets its goals and targets.
  • Built partnerships with other non-governmental organizations including Amnesty International in an attempt to increase outreach to new populations.
  • Served as the primary liaison with Chapter leadership and with the National YPIC Advisory Board.
  • Set the agenda and direct the advocacy & fundraising programs and initiatives for the UNA-YPIC Tampa Bay Program.

Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation (Holland & Knight, LLP),

Executive Assistant, Tampa, FL Nov.2002- Nov. 2003

  • Assisted the Executive Director with various outreach programs of the foundation to include supportive materials for grant proposals.
  • Assisted attorneys with implementation of various outreach programs.
  • Maintained and updated databases for the various programs/organizations/initiatives.
  • Reviewed billing reports for each office and entered the information into the database.

UBS PaineWebber,

Intern, Tampa, FL June 2002-August 2002

  • Maintained files for various brokers and the compliance files of the branch.
  • Ordered company supplies.
  • Wrote checks for bills and sent them in for approval by the Branch Manager.

Everlove & Associates, Tampa, FL

Information Associate, May 2001-November 2001

  • Provided support for the Library Management Service
  • Performed various legal librarian duties including but not limited to: opening mail, routing and the current awareness information, filing looseleaf supplements, stuffing pocket parts, and reshelving
  • Performed librarian administrative duties to include cataloging, circulation, as well as space design tasks.

Speaking Engagements, Presentations, Participation

  • Guest Speaker (Youth Environmental Advocacy), VI Waste Management Authority YES Program (June 2010).
  • Panelist (“Preparing for Leadership”), Generation Now!’s 2010 Leadership Conference (June 2010)
  • Moderator (“She Should RUN” Panel), 2010 VI Women’s Empowerment Conference (March 2010).
  • Keynote Speaker, Dr. Ruth Beagles Chapter of the National Honor Society (St. Croix Educational Complex), 14th Annual Induction Ceremony (May 2009).
  • Presenter, Virgin Islands Department of Education, “Parent University”: Understanding the Juvenile and Criminal Justice System (October 2009). 
  • Host & Producer,A Renewal of VI Politics, Internet Radio Program (www.blogtalkradio.com/Genevieve-Whitaker
  • Co-Host, Beyond Politics, 970 AM, St. Croix, VI: developed show programs, contacted guests, researched topics and presented them during airplay, and interviewed guests during show (August 2007 to April 2008). 
  • Testifier, Virgin Islands Fifth Constitutional Convention (Committee on Education, Culture & Youth): provided testimony to committee on necessity for civic education in schools, I recommended that the committee draft language to establish a civic education commission (January 2008).
  • Television Guest, ABC Action News Bayview Program: discussed the importance of international cooperation emphasizing the importance of international organizations which support United Nations such as the United Nations Association and my role as the Chair of UNA-USA's Tampa Bay Chapter Young Professional for International Cooperation (March 2006). Video Available.

REFERENCES

  • Furnished upon request

Computer Skills

  • Graphic Design
  • Website Development & Maintenance
  • Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP Professional Suite
  • Microsoft Office 95, 97, 2000, 2003, 2007
  • Advanced Internet & Email Communication
  • MS Outlook
  • MS Access
  • MS PowerPoint
  • MS Publisher
  • MS Excel
  • LAN (Local Area Network)
  • Adobe

Administrative Strengths

  • Political Astuteness
  • Public Relations
  • Advanced Computer Literacy
  • Fundraising
  • Strong Written and Verbal Communication
  • More than 7 years Sales and Marketing experience
  • More than 10 years Management experience 

Memberships

  • President & Co-Founder, Virgin Islands Youth Advocacy Coalition, Inc., 2009-present
  • Board Member & St. Croix Unit Leader, League of Women Voters of the USVI, 2010 (Member since 2009)
  • Vice-President, St. Croix Chamber of Commerce/Young Professionals Network, 2010-
  • Vice-President, Business and Professional Women's Organization of the USVI,  2009-2011 (STX Chapter)
  •      o   Chair, Choice and Challenges Program—2009-2011; Chair, Legislative Committee—2009-present
  • Secretary & Legal Counsel, Caribbean Institute for a New Humanity, Inc. & USVI Rep. for CARIDA (Danish NGO
  •  Board Member, Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, 2011-
  •  Board Member, Project Safe Neighborhoods-VI (PSNVI), 2010-present
  • Volunteer, Junior Achievement Program (Trained in both the Junior and High School programs curricula), 2011-
  • Member, Generation Now!, 2011-
  • Member, ROTARACT Club of St. Croix, 2009-present
  • Member, Women’s Campaign Forum (Next Generation Program), 2010-
  • Member, American Bar Association, 2004-present

Honors & Activities

  • Certificate of Accomplishment, “Fair Game Summit: Women and Nuclear Security” (Washington, D.C.)
  • Certificate, USVI Delegation Leader for the IV World Congress on Child & Adolescent Rights (San Juan, P.R.)
  • Graduate, The White House Project ‘s Brooklyn College 2010 GO LEAD Program 
  • Business and Professional Women of the USA (Virgin Islands): 2009 USVI Young Careerist
  • Stetson University College of Law, Outstanding Graduate (May 2007)
  • UNA-USA YPIC National Policy Grant recipient (International Law), 2007
  • Delegate, International Mission on Diplomacy, Central & Eastern Europe, 2004
  • Nominated as a Collegiate Scholar for the International Scholar Laureate Program Mission of Diplomacy, 2006
  • UNA-USA, Recognition Award for UNA-USA YPIC Tampa Bay, 2006
  • Volunteer: Election Protection Coalition, 2004
  • Volunteer Research Assistant, National Clearinghouse for Science & Technology, 2005
  • Volunteer Researcher, Community Tampa Bay, 2006
  • UNIFEM-USA, 2006-present
  • 2006 DAWN-Caribbean ( Development Alternatives for Women in New Era) Training Institute Participant

AFFILIATIONS

  • American Association of Political Consultants
  • International Association of Political Consultants

International Law Courses

  • GW/Oxford University, International Human Rights Law & Refugee Law , Oxford, EnglandSummer 2006
  • International Human Rights Law: 3.0/4.0
  • International Human Rights & Refugee Law: 3.0/4.0
  • U. of Baltimore/Erasmus U. Rotterdam,Comparative Human Rights Law, Curacao, The Dutch Antilles Winter 2005
  • International University, Emerging Markets of the European Union, Tallinn, Estonia Summer 2005