has been named Intergovernmental Relations Manager for the City of
Charlotte. She replaces Boyd Cauble who retired in December. White
will be leaving her post as the Director of the North Carolina
Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, a group of the State's twenty six
largest city mayors focused on addressing issues affecting local
governments and promoting the interchange of ideas and experiences to
expand urban areas as livable, environmentally sound and economically
viable. As director she helped establish and execute legislative
priorities for advocacy, research and coalition-building.
Her 15-year career includes serving as Senior Policy Advisor to Lt.
Governor Dennis Wicker and Legislative Liaison for House Majority
Leader Representative Phil Baddour before joining the North Carolina
Department of State Treasurer. During her tenure at the State
Treasurer she held various positions including Director of
Communications, Director of Corporate Governance, and Senior Advisor.
From October 2007 through May 2008 she took a leave of absence from
the Department to become Deputy Campaign Manager for Richard Moore's
campaign for governor.
White will assume her new role January 18 as senior advisor to the
City Manager regarding policy issues, strategic initiatives, and
legislative proposals. She will be responsible for providing in-depth
policy research, analysis and lobbying on Federal and State
legislation impacting the City of Charlotte.
As primary liaison between other governmental entities White will work
with quasi-public sector agencies and private sector organizations to
maximize efforts and influence legislative outcomes. These include
Mecklenburg County, the Metropolitan Transit Commission, and the North
Carolina League of Municipalities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the
National League of Cities, the Chamber of Commerce as well as higher
education institutions and designated advocacy groups.
"Her strong legislative background and reputation for working
effectively with elected and appointed officials across the region and
state will be an asset to the City of Charlotte," says Walton.
"Additionally, her experience in governance and policy-making will
help us accomplish our priorities."
In an effort to strengthen the relationship between the State and the
City of Charlotte, White will be based in Raleigh allowing her to
greatly increase the City's involvement with the state's elected and
appointed leadership. Having the City's chief lobbyist working in
Raleigh for a significant portion of her time will enable the City to
significantly expand its advocacy work both during the regular
sessions of the General Assembly and in the interim. White will be in
Charlotte to participate in City Council meetings, staff meetings and
other intergovernmental policy meetings.
"I look forward to joining the City of Charlotte's professional staff
with an eye to building stronger relationships between the City and
the State's elected leadership," White says. "Providing a greater
focus on the State's Capitol will ensure better information sharing
and more opportunities for input into the legislative, policy, and
regulatory development processes for the City."
White holds a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and a
Masters of Public Administration from North Carolina State University.
She also attended the Stanford Law School Fiduciary College, an
intensive three-day program for trustees and senior managers of
endowments, foundations, and public, corporate, and union pension funds.
White will also be responsible for the development and execution of
the City's federal agenda and will be the City's principal contact
with Holland & Knight, the City's lobbying firm in Washington, D.C.
More than 150 candidates applied from across the country. White was
selected among 10 finalists for the position.