Director, The James Center Programs and Partnerships with a Public Purpose, Garrison Forest School
Elizabeth Whitney “Whitty” Ransome is the founding director of the James Center at Garrison Forest School. She has been a lifelong educator and was a founder and co-executive director of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools from 1991 to 2008. Ransome holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MA from the University of Miami in American studies. She has served as author and frequent presenter on numerous topics related to girls education, including financial literacy, math, science and technology; has been quoted in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun and San Francisco Chronicle; and appeared on NPR, ABC, CNN and other media outlets.
She was the recipient of the Moorestown Friends Alumni Association’s Alice Stokes Paul Merit Award in 2008 in recognition of her dedication to educational equity for girls and women. Ransome was also honored as an Alumna of Distinction by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a founding member of the Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle and founding board member of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. Ransome has experience as a fundraising volunteer for a number of schools and other nonprofits.
She and her husband, Tom Wilcox, live in Baltimore, and they have two children, Kate and Christopher.