Whitney Gray serves on the faculty of the Urban & Regional Planning program and is adjunct assistant professor at the Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies. She serves as the executive director of research and innovation at Delos.
Gray has spent her career focused on the intersection of global public health, wellness, and the built environment. At Delos, she is responsible for the oversight of health research and the development of innovative planning and design strategies that seek to improve human health and wellness through environmental and building design. Her work is directly related to the administration and development of the WELL certification system. Prior to joining Delos, Gray served as the health research and innovation director for Cannon Design, a global healthcare planning and design firm, where she oversaw the company’s research, prototyping, and innovation platforms. While at Cannon Design, she delivered transformative projects to public and private clients and worked to develop new ideas that increased the impact of health research and innovation on the design industry.
Gray’s work exploring the nexus of health, wellness and the built environment has been widely published. A dynamic public speaker, she is frequently an invited presenter at national and international conferences—often speaking on topics related to health-centered urban planning and the design of healthcare environments. Gray co-founded the NIH Health in Buildings Roundtable, and supports health and design research through the American Institute of Architects, the Urban Land Institute, and the Environmental Design Research Association. She is the first public health professional to become certified LEED AP.
She holds a Doctorate of Public Health, as well as a B.A. in Public Health Studies from the Johns Hopkins University.