Merica Whitehall

Independent Consultant in Seattle, WA

Merica Whitehall is an independent nonprofit/social enterprise consultant and trainer with over 20 years of leadership experience. Merica is the former Executive Director of Fontenelle Forest, a nonprofit nature center and 2,100 acre forested greenspace bordering the Missouri River and located in Bellevue, Nebraska. While at the helm of Fontenelle Forest, Merica launched the Helen and Hollis Baright Gallery Artist Series, opened Treerush Adventures at Fontenelle Forest, added 40 acres to conserved property holdings valued in excess of $1M expanding the Forest’s protected wetlands and adding overnight camping at Camp Wa-kon-da. Merica also oversaw the completion of the construction of Raptor Woodland Refuge and developed strategic partnerships that accelerated organizational visibility, equitable community access, financial performance, and facilities & trails maintenance and reinvestment.

Prior to leading Fontenelle Forest, Merica served as Executive Director of the Nature Consortium in Seattle, WA. There she led a team that led forest restoration projects and engaged the support of over 3000 volunteers annually; employed environmental artists as educators and facilitators of nature-based learning and reflection; and produced the Arts in Nature Festival.

Merica has been an engaged member of ANCA since 2016 and has presented at The Summit, written for ANCA’s journal Directions, and participated on ANCA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. She earned an Executive Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University. Upon completion of her degree, she taught as a faculty member for Seattle University’s Institute for Public Service. Merica has served on the boards of the Nebraska Land Trust, Back to the River, and Opera Omaha. She lives in Seattle, WA where she enjoys daily walks on the beach, hiking in the Cascades, camping in the Olympic Rain Forest, and her work as a consultant, trainer, and executive transition facilitator.