Whitney Sawney

Communications Manager and Program Specialist

Cherokee Nation



Whitney Sawney, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is a Communications Manager and Program Specialist at the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas – Office of Economic Development (IFAI).

Prior to joining the initiative, Whitney earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas. In the Spring of 2016, she served as an intern for former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and is an alumna of the Native American Political Leadership Program at George Washington University. In the Fall of 2016, Whitney was awarded the Wilma P. Mankiller Fellowship with the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, D.C., and later served the organization as a Communications Associate.