Yvonne White currently serves as Assistant Treasurer for the NAACP National Board of Directors. She is a Golden Heritage Life Member of the Detroit Branch NAACP and has worked in various capacities of the Association at the local, state and national levels. On September 9, 2001, Yvonne became the first woman elected State President of the Michigan State Conference NAACP in its then 65-year history, and is currently serving her 8th consecutive 2-year term.
Having served on the forefront of the civil rights movement with such leaders as her heroine and childhood mentor, Rosa L. Parks, White is a strong advocate for civil and human rights and youth empowerment.
Employed for the past 30 years by UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, White is the project manager for UAW-GM's national education tuition assistance program. She is a leader in developing education, training, personal development and work/family programs to assist UAW-represented General Motors employees. These programs help meet the challenges of the fast changing, worldwide automotive industry,
The recipient of many awards and recognitions, White received the National NAACP "2016 Juanita Jackson Mitchell Esquire Award" for outstanding contributions to civil rights advocacy work around the water crisis in Flint, MI; the 2016 Michigan Black Family Development Inc. (BFDI) "Dr. Gerald K. Smith Humanitarian Award;" the "H. Wallace Parker Preservation of Justice Award;" and the Kalamazoo NAACP "Vanguard Award." In March 2017, the Flint Branch NAACP presented White with the "Distinguished Leadership Award" for her role in helping them to document the many water crisis issues and concerns, and with developing the NAACP 20-point plan of priorities to address the needs of Flint residents after suffering irreparable harm due to poor decisions made by local, state and federal government officials.
When she is not working with numbers, White also lends her expertise as a member of our National Board's Executive Committee. She also serves as a member of the Labor, Election Supervisory, Memberships and Units, and Environmental/Climate Justice Committees. White serves on the unit compliancy task force and the subcommittees for training and membership observation.
White's other board affiliations include: the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC); the Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA); Real Life 101 Scholarship Fund, a national scholarship and mentoring program for at-risk African American males; and the James Tatum Foundation for the Arts. She is a member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), and the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW).
White earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Bellevue University, where her MPA curriculum focused on the dynamic nature of organizational communication, plus how to lead the analysis on which to base organizational improvement. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Project Management, graduating "summa cum laude," and is a member of Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society.
White is a member of Fellowship Chapel Church in Detroit. She has two sons: Brian (Toi) and Donnell, and three grandchildren: Brian Jr., Nala, and Jaden.
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