Kelly Whitney

Senior Solutions Specialist

Kelly Whitney is a Senior Solutions Specialist at Grand River Solutions, joining the team with 28 years as an experienced investigator and more than 10,000 interviews. Expanding on her interdisciplinary studies in the School of Social Ecology from the University of California at Irvine, Kelly has applied her multifaceted approach to all areas of investigations. As a self-starter who ran her own firm for 20 years, she has had the rare opportunity to investigate issues from both sides, complainants and respondents.

Kelly has worked as an independent outside investigator for various institutions of higher education in California. She has also investigated cases involving sexual and discrimination allegations in K-12 schools, and brings extensive experience working with high-risk youth. Her cases have included staff and faculty misconduct, sexual assault, harassment, and race, age, physical and intellectual disabilities, and religious discrimination. She has conducted thousands of trauma-informed interviews that are comprehensive and inclusive of all genders and sexual orientations, and is known for maintaining a communicative atmosphere of respect, trust and empathy while attending to the rigorous task of gathering and interpreting information. She has experience testifying on behalf of her cases in court, in both criminal and civil capacities.

Kelly is licensed with the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services in California and has worked at the highest levels in criminal investigations, with more than 100 homicide and sexual assault cases throughout the Bay Area. She has also served as a mitigation specialist on capital murder cases. Her keen eye for detail has been strengthened over her many years of conducting and documenting investigations.