Assistant Treasurer, National Board of Directors
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.
As a member of the NAACP National Board’s Executive Committee, Yvonne serves as Vice Chair of the Finance and Audit Committees. She also serves as a member of the Labor, Election Supervisory, Memberships and Units, and Environmental/Climate Justice Committees, as well as serving on the unit compliancy taskforce and the subcommittees for training and membership observation. Other boards 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. In addition, Yvonne 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).
Employed for the past 30 years by UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, a leader in developing education, training, personal development and work/family programs to assist UAW-represented General Motors employees in meeting the challenges of the fast changing, worldwide automotive industry, Yvonne is the project manager for their national education tuition assistance program.
She 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.
The recipient of many awards and recognitions, last year Yvonne 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 Yvonne 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.
Having served on the forefront of the civil rights movement with such leaders as her heroine and childhood mentor, Mrs. Rosa L. Parks, Yvonne is a strong advocate for civil and human rights, and youth empowerment. She is a member of Fellowship Chapel Church in Detroit, and believes that education is the bedrock of social and economic development. Yvonne has two adult sons; Brian (Toi) and Donnell, and has three beautifulgrandchildren; Brian Jr., Nala and Jaden.