External Relations Manager for Tennessee
Raised in the rural, western highlands of Virginia, Reginald White grew up in a working-class household emphasizing the importance of community voice, social justice, and remembering to lift as we climb. From a young age, his grandparents instilled the value of civic engagement, which spawned early interests in government, history, and the Civil Rights Movement. As a first-generation college student, he balanced completing a B.A. in History from the University of Houston in the evenings while working full-time in Texas’ oil and gas risk management and insurance sector.
Called to higher action in 2016, he transitioned from Texas to Tennessee to join the 2017 Teach For America Memphis corps as a kindergarten teacher, serving the promising young scholars of the Frayser community on the city’s north side. While teaching in Memphis, he also served as a Policy & Advocacy Fellow at Stand For Children, as a Regional Strategy Team and Political Outreach Committee member for 9-0-ONE, the Organizing Network for Equity, as Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer’s Policy Advisor Fellow, a graduate of the New Memphis Embark young professionals program, and worked on several successful issue and political campaigns. Reginald later went on to serve as an Urban Leaders Fellow in Nashville, partnering in statewide teacher diversity efforts and other education research and policy projects with former Tennessee State Board of Education member Wendy Tucker and the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition. Most recently, he was a policy staffer for House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) on Capitol Hill, where his portfolio focused on education, financial services, affordable housing, and tax policy issues.