Vanessa Y. White


Vanessa Y. White, a former Cincinnati Board of Education member, is Vice President of Youth Services for Greater Cincinnati Urban League. She oversees programming that touches the lives of several hundred teenagers and young adults.

In 2009, she was the only non-incumbent of 12 candidates elected to the Cincinnati Board of Education. At the time of her election, Ms. White, a Walnut Hills High School graduate, had all of her five children enrolled in Cincinnati Public Schools. In 2013, she was a candidate for City Council.

She previously was president of the board of Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati and a member of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati’s Committee of Management at the Melrose branch. She also served as a member of the Lighthouse Youth Services board of directors and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Hamilton County’s juvenile court system. She is a contributing author to the Urban League’s influential report, The State of Black Cincinnati 2015: Two Cities. White’s essay examined performance of African-American students in Cincinnati Public Schools.

Ms. White worked 15 years as a child and family welfare professional. She served in various nonprofit management roles, including five years at ArtsWave as Vice President of Community Engagement & Strategic Initiatives before leaving to concentrate on her doctoral studies and volunteer board positions. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Art Academy of Cincinnati, the Charter Committee, and the Charter Amendment Task Force.

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