Hillary Whittington was born in Oceanside, CA and grew up in a small town north of Temecula, CA. Upon graduation from high school she attended the University of California, San Diego, where she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Theatre. While attending UCSD, she obtained three internships consisting of live radio broadcasting for Clear Channel Communications, news writing/weather producing for Fox News, and planning large-scale corporate events for LPL Financial Advising. After attending UCSD, Hillary went on to become a Territory Manager for Southern Wines & Spirits, followed by a position as the California Regional Manager for Sanuvox Technologies.
Upon the birth of her son, Ryland, Hillary took time away from her professional career to raise her child. Ryland’s diagnosis as deaf in 2009 further emphasized the need for her to remain at home and provide his necessary care and attention. Now a mother of two, Hillary has been advocating for her children for years, serving as a classroom volunteer, family mentor, and public speaker. Through Raising Ryland, she hopes to bring hope, strength, and humor to her experiences as the parent of a transgender child. In sharing her story, she encourages readers to have the courage to make the world a better place for all of us.