Company Overview
For over fifty years, Whitman-Walker has been part of the fabric of the local DC and national community as first responder and care-provider for those living with HIV; a leader in LGBTQ care and advocacy; a research center working to discover breakthroughs in HIV treatment and prevention science; and one of the DC’s most trusted partners during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Whitman-Walker envisions a society where all people are seen for who they are, treated with dignity and respect, and afforded equal opportunity to health and wellbeing.

Through care, advocacy, research, and education, the organization strives to ensure all persons can live healthily and love openly and to feel true equality and inclusion in all aspects of their lives. Whitman-Walker prioritizes the needs of community and has earned the trust of DC residents by remaining intentional in their outreach to engage and care for those we serve. At the core of the organization is a desire to create safe spaces where people are seen for who they are.

Today, Whitman-Walker is a collective of 501 (c)(3) organizations centered around delivering care to community. The organization is led by two CEOs – Naseema Shafi and Cindy Lewin. Shafi leads Whitman-Walker Health and Lewin leads Whitman-Walker Health System which oversees Whitman-Walker Foundation, Whitman-Walker Institute and Whitman-Walker Real Property Holdings.

Whitman-Walker Health: At Whitman-Walker Health (WWH) we provide primary medical care, behavioral health care, dental care, and a range of health-related legal and support services to more than 20,000 individuals and families annually in the greater Washington, DC region. Our care continues to be centered around our expertise and legacy in LGBTQ+ and HIV care. At Whitman-Walker Health — “We See You” — which means to us that we see patients, but we see the person first.

Whitman-Walker Health System: Whitman-Walker Health System is driven to help Whitman-Walker Health grow and to position the organization as the nation’s leader in LGBTQ-inclusive care, advocacy, research, and education. Whitman-Walker Health System (WWHS) exists to support the operations of WWH and expand the capacities of some of our most important and crucial functions including fundraising, research and thought leadership.

Whitman-Walker Institute: Whitman-Walker Institute is one of the country’s premiere organizations focused on advancing the health and wellbeing of people facing barriers to quality care, particularly LGBTQ people and people living with HIV, through the strategic integration of clinical expertise, research acumen, quality education and policy change. The Institute has its own 501 (c)3 designation and board of directors. Through the Whitman-Walker Institute – “We Hear You” – which means that our advocacy, education and research must be community-centered in order to make a difference in our community.

Whitman-Walker Foundation: Whitman-Walker Foundation uses community-based philanthropy to ensure sustainability and support growth for all Whitman-Walker companies. The Foundation has its own 501 (c)3 designation and board of directors. At the Whitman-Walker Foundation – “We Need You” – which means that we need community support in order to support our community.

Whitman-Walker Real Property Holdings: Real Property Holdings guides the organization to make strategic business decisions regarding our real estate so that we can invest the earnings back into community.

Why work at Whitman-Walker?
  • We impact people we care about everyday
  • Our tight-knit team shows support and camaraderie across departments and sites
  • We offer a great benefits package
  • Employee feedback has led to multiple Best Places to Work recognitions
  • We have FUN – including during work-sponsored social events
Whitman-Walker is committed to cultivating and sustaining an environment in which team members from diverse backgrounds lend their voice and experience to the delivery of care for our patients and clients. The strength of the diversity of our workforce helps us recognize and respond to the complex needs of our communities. We recognize the need to achieve diversity at all levels of our organization and believe in the value of mirroring the patients that we care for with the staff on all of our teams. The intersections of our diverse identities – and indeed the celebrations of those intersections – are a major ingredient to our success.
Company Summary
Number of Employees
(202) 745-6187
1201 Sycamore Dr SE
Washington, DC