Whitney Hatch currently serves as Chairman of the Board of The Fund for the Republic and Director of Program Initiatives and Trustee at The John Merck Fund. The Fund for the Republic is dedicated to challenging the undue influence of well-financed special interests over American politics and government. The John Merck Fund’s mission is to benefit human health in New England and beyond by accelerating the region’s transition to clean energy and sustainable food systems, and by eliminating harmful chemicals in the environment. JMF also seeks to ease the burdens for families with developmentally disabled children, and to enhance those children’s futures.
Whitney worked from 1998 until 2011 at the Trust for Public Land, most recently for two years as Director of Southern New England and Director of Corporate Relations. During the prior 10 years Whitney served as Regional Director to the six-state New England region.
Before joining the Trust for Public Land, Whitney served for fifteen years at GTE Corporation in various capacities. For most of his GTE career, as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, he was responsible for all GTE’s Washington, D.C. federal regulatory advocacy on behalf of its local and long distance telephone, cellular, internet, public air-to-ground and satellite business units, among others.
Whitney was a founding board member of the School for Field Studies, and has served as Chairman of the American Rivers and Management Assistance Group boards. He has been reappointed by Governor Deval Patrick to a second, seven-year term on the Stewardship Council of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, where he serves as the Finance Committee Chair. He also serves on the Trust for Public Land Board of Directors, on the Conservation Law Foundation Board of Trustees, on the Board of Overseers of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and on the Board of the Merck Family Fund.