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Laney WhitcanackCEO

Laney has a unique history with CORO, as a graduate of the CORO Fellows Program in Public Affairs in the 1990s, the Director of Community Programs at CORO in the early 2000s, and now serving as CORO’s Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to her appointment as CORO CEO in 2016, Laney was a founder and executive in the tech sector. Most recently, she served as Chief Community Officer and the Executive Vice President/General Manager of Content Marketing at Federated Media. She joined Federated through the acquisition of her software company, BigTent. Since 2006, BigTent has helped millions of community members and thousands of groups connect and organize. Laney founded BigTent and served as its Chief Operating Officer. Laney also worked for the City of San Francisco as Special Assistant to the City Attorney.

A social entrepreneur, Laney founded the The Princess Project, which engages thousands of girls and women across California each year in volunteer opportunities. She currently serves on the board of Project Glimmer and previously served on the board of the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco. She is currently an advisor to several start-up companies and Bay Area non-profits.

Laney received her B.A. from UCLA, her MBA from the Simmons School of Management, and her Ed.M from Harvard University, focused on Adult Leadership Development. A published author and speaker on community engagement and social entrepreneurship, she is a recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service.