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Whitney Foster

Whitney Foster

  • Director of Operations, St. Jude Global


Whitney Foster is the Director of Operation, St. Jude Global for the Department of Global Pediatric Medicine.

Whitney joined GPM in 2018 as a Project Coordinator focused on the launch of St. Jude Global and the Alliance, as well as executive projects. In 2019, she became Program Manager for St. Jude Global Operations, and she has been leading a team that supports a broad set of workstreams, including the Alliance and Alliance engagement, the Online Community and CRM, GPM and St. Jude Global communications, new programs, and executive projects, as well as the development of strategic initiatives like the Global Platform for Access to Childhood Cancer Medicines and St. Jude Global Regional Hubs. In her new role, Whitney will direct the St. Jude Global Operations team as the initiative and the Alliance continue to expand and support leadership in creating the infrastructure for St. Jude Global and the strategic initiatives.

Whitney has lived all over the country but was excited to return to Memphis with this opportunity at St. Jude. She received a Bachelor of Arts at Colgate University and has pursued program management roles in education and educational technology.

After a career at Pearson Education in Boston, Whitney moved to Memphis and was a Program Manager with the Institute for Intelligent Systems at the University of Memphis. In this role, she helped to create web-based intelligent tutoring systems for the Center for the Study of Adult Literacy (CSAL) and the Office of Naval Research. The teams that she managed were responsible for developing curriculum, interpreting scripted conversation into the AutoTutor framework, and designing rich multimedia. The CSAL grant team collaborated with Georgia State University, The University of Toronto, and The Hospital for Sick Children to develop the intervention on reading comprehension and to run pilot studies in Atlanta and Toronto.

Prior to coming to St. Jude, Whitney managed the WWAMI Medical Education Program in Bozeman, Montana. WWAMI is a cooperative program for the University of Washington School of Medicine with a focus on making public medical education accessible to Montana residents and on encouraging graduates to choose careers in primary care medicine and locating these practices in underserved areas of the Northwest.