Mr. Whittaker is the Executive Chair of Lighthouse Academies, Inc. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Excelsior College, Central Florida Urban League. He has previously served on the boards of Global Glimpse and the Greater Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce. He has served on several advisory boards including the Drug Free America Foundation and the Arkansas Public School Resource Center. In addition, Mr. Whittaker was a NACD Board Governance Fellow.
Mr. Whittaker started his career as a fifth-grade teacher in Long Beach, California through the Teach for America movement. He was an early employee at InsideTrack, Inc. working to improve college access and completion for students across the country. Mr. Whittaker led recruiting at InsideTrack during a critical growth phase and led InsideTrack’s Community College Impact Initiative team: a major, multi-year business development initiative, successfully launching, for the first time, unique student coaching and train-the-trainer programs in two states and ten college campuses. He also served as Assistant Director for Undergraduate Admission at Stanford University. Mr. Whittaker launched and led the grassroots and community engagement team at the Foundation for Florida’s Future. Following his work at the Foundation he was appointed President and COO then President and CEO of Lighthouse Academies. Mr. Whittaker earned a BA in Economics from Princeton University, an MA in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach, and is currently pursuing an EdD in Leadership and Innovation at New York University.