White Oak Collaborative logo

“Change happens at the speed of trust”


The White Oak Collaborative (WOC) seeks to address the challenges faced by military- and Veteran-connected communities through data-driven, cross-sector partnerships among its members for direct service and/or policy-level solutions—while applying a whole-of-family lens.

About the Collaborative

The White Oak Collaborative is a cross-sector coalition of organizations committed to supporting service members, Veterans, wounded warriors, caregivers, survivors, and their families.

Blue Star Families is the convening authority and secretariat for the collaborative, with more than 150 members representing military and Veteran support organizations, other nonprofits, and private, philanthropic, government, and community sectors. The work of the White Oak Collaborative is non-partisan.

Led by a rotating steering committee of member organizations, the collaborative holds off-the-record partners’ calls approximately every two weeks, where members hear updates, share relevant data, and learn about government and military priorities for the purpose of better serving our constituencies.

Participation is by nomination and invitation. For more information, please contact [email protected].

Steering Committee

The steering committee rotates its membership every six months. Current members include:

  • Mark Barrett, Associate Director, Field Operations, NVS, Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Raleigh Duttweiler, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, National Military Family Association
  • Gillian Gonzalez, Vice President, Chief Development and Communications Officer, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
  • Lisa Hallett, Executive Director, Wear Blue: Run to Remember
  • William Hubbard, Vice President for Veterans & Military Policy, Veterans Education Success
  • Michael Meese (BG, US Army, Retired) , President, American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association (AAFMAA)
  • Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO, Blue Star Families
  • Kaycie Taylor, Director of Family Support, Project Sanctuary

Partner Organizations

AAFMAA_tagline_transp (1)
AARP (1)
Amazon Military logo
Armed Services Arts Partnership Logo
Association of Military Banks of America
Bob Woodruff Foundation
Blue Star Families
Building Healthy Military Communities
Cerner color logo horizontal
Code of Support Foundation
Comcast Military
Council on Foundations
Dixon Center
Easter Seals
Elizabeth Dole Foundation
Exceptional Families of the Military
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
IVMF (1)
Lockheed Martin
M-SPAN at the University of Michigan
MazonLogo_Vertical[1] (2)
MCEC Logo (1) (1)
Military Family Advisory Network
Military Family Research Institute
Military Housing Association
Military Spouse Advocacy Network
Military Spouse Chamber of Commerce
MOAA_Never Stop Serving_RGB® (2)
Modern Military Association of America
Nation's Finest
National Conference of State Legislatures
National Military Family Association
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Our Military Kids
Partners in PROMISE (1)
Project Sanctuary
Psych Hub
Rosalynn Carter Caregivers Institute (1)
Secure Families Initiative
Semper Fi & America's Fund
Sesame Workshop (1)
The Headstrong Project
The Independence Fund
The Mission Continues
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
Travis Manion Foundation
Tricare for Kids Coalition
Triwest partnerships
United Through Reading
USAA Foundation
Veterans Education Success
Vets' Community Connections
wear blue_ run to remember

White Oak Collaborative Webinars

Military and Veteran Communities:
Next Steps to Support Our Afghan Allies

Veterans and Military Families:
How To Welcome Our Afghan Allies

White Oak Collaborative Practitioners Forum:
Military Community Afghan Allies Response

Looking for information about the White Oak Retreat? Click here.