Following my God-given calling, my life journey began in the humble home of my grandmother, here on the island of St. Croix, my birthplace, whom I was named after and who is my chief mentor, Genevieve Browne. My grandmother raised me to believe that anything is possible once you know your purpose and have vision for how to carry out that purpose (your calling). And as the saying goes: “To whom much is given much is expected.”
To that end, I have created this space to share my experiences, dreams and aspirations as they relate to my purpose. My biography, a catalog of my professional achievements but chief among such milestones, is giving birth. As it is my son’s generation that I especially seek to positively influence in a world filled with turmoil/chaos and also much promise. A notion espoused by former United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Anan, who expressed that: “There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow up in peace.”
A Born Humanitarian
Genevieve R. Whitaker, CPM®, M.C.J., MPM., J.D.
Genevieve was born and raised on the beautiful island of St. Croix, Virgin Islands (U.S.). Genevieve attended both public and parochial schools. An internationally recognized speaker on political rights, Genevieve is the Deputy Supervisor (St. Croix district) for the Elections System of the Virgin Islands and also serves on the Executive Committee U.S. Elections Assistance Commission Standards Board. In September, 2016 Genevieve earned her distinction as a Certified Public Manager by the National Certified Public Manager© Consortium (NCPMC). Recently, Genevieve was selected to take part in former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama's Obama Foundation inaugural Summit held on October 31st and November 1st, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois, which brought together hundreds of civic leaders from the U.S. and 60 countries. In January of 2016, the Organization of American States appointed Genevieve to serve as an international elections observer for the February 25, 2016 Jamaican Parliamentary elections. Then in November of 2016 Genevieve was selected and took part in the United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Fellowship for People of African Descent, held in Geneva, Switzerland. Genevieve is also a licensed consultant, serving as the Chief Executive Officer and Owner of The Whitaker Consultant Group, LLC (WCG) a litigation and legal research, internet marketing, nonprofit advocacy and political management company. Genevieve serves as an Assistant Professor (part-time) at the University of the Virgin Islands College of Business teaching a course in Business Law and course in Elections Participation within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. She has also taught courses in criminal and juvenile delinquency law, communication, and leadership skills. Genevieve returned to her beloved home right after graduating from law school with the desire and zeal to contribute to her homeland. Genevieve has served in various capacities in the government, private and nonprofit sectors. Genevieve served as a Legal Counsel in the 27th Legislature. Genevieve is a seasoned radio personality having led her own political program under her political brand, A Renewal of VI Politics and having produced and served as a host for various local radio programs. Genevieve is also the President and Co-Founder of Virgin Islands Youth Advocacy Coalition, an organization dedicated to youth civic engagement. Genevieve in order to build her capacity in the area of political management obtained a Master’s degree in Political Management with a concentration in electoral politics from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. Genevieve received her law degree from Stetson University College of Law, serving as a Public Service Fellow and received the Public Service Recognition Award from Stetson’s Advocacy Board for her exemplary service locally and worldwide and was recognized as an outstanding graduate. Additionally, Genevieve obtained certificates in women’s leadership, she received an Executive Education Program Certificate as a 2014 participant of Harvard University Kennedy School of Government’s “Women and Power: Leadership in a New World” program. In 2013, she participated in the first cohort of Oxford University Said School of Business’ “Women Transforming Leadership” program for which she received an Executive Education certificate. Genevieve also received certificates in International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law from the University of Oxford/George Washington University School of Law and Santa Clara University Law School, respectively. Genevieve received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and World Affairs from The University of Tampa with Honors Program Distinction. Genevieve is a certified SCUBA diver, she has a great interest in fashion, particularly Afro-Chic, raw food/vegan culinary arts, (she likes to taste foods from different cultures) and traveling. Genevieve especially enjoys spending time with her family and giving back to her community.