May Whitaker is the Executive Director for the California State Guard Foundation.
May is a licensed attorney practicing corporate and administrative law in the San Francisco Bay Area. She obtained her Associate of Arts in Spanish at Santa Rosa Junior College before transferring to San Francisco State University to study English Literature. She attended night classes while working full-time, eventually graduating with a 4.0 GPA and departmental honors.
As the first in her family to graduate college, May went on to obtain her law degree at the University of Berkeley, School of Law. During law school, she was Chapter Director for the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, work that she still continues today by providing pro bono legal services to US-affiliated refugees. She also served as Production Editor for the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice. In her third year of law school, she co-founded the Boalt Veteran Assistance Project, holding legal intake clinics for veterans throughout the East Bay.
May’s passion for social impact and making a difference in her community led back to her original dream of serving in uniform. She commissioned with the California State Guard as a JAG officer, providing legal assistance to National Guard service members. Her experience while serving in the State Guard also included overseeing logistics for wildland fire-fighting response missions and managing property accountability programs for the C4 Directorate.
When she’s not working, May can be found adventuring with her daughter, trail running through the mountains of Northern California, or trying to keep up with her ever growing to-be-read queue in the Kindle she carries with her everywhere.