We are delighted to announce that the Junior State of America and Junior Statesmen Foundation has hired Ken White to serve as Chief Executive Officer. Ken will be based out of the Burlingame Office with travel to Washington D.C. and other JSA regions as needed. He will begin his service with JSA/JSF on September 6th. Darci Smith, JSA’s iCEO, will oversee the CEO onboarding process and will continue to play a consulting role with the Junior State in the coming months. We are extremely grateful for Darci Smith’s service as iCEO and look forward to maintaining a relationship with her as we move forward.
Ken White has devoted much of his career to enhancing opportunities for people and communities, with an emphasis on the rising generation. A graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s mid-career program, he has worked for nonprofits in a variety of management capacities over the last two decades. Immediately prior to joining the Junior Statesman Foundation, Ken served as Associate Director of the Post Carbon Institute, a leading-edge think tank focused on energy, the environment, the economy, and equity.
Previously, Ken was the Coordinating Director of the Chaordic Commons, Inc., a group created by Dee Hock, the founding director of VISA, to develop new forms of organizations in pursuit of a healthier world. From 1998-2002, Ken served as Executive Director of Common Cause Massachusetts, a citizen-led organization working for representative and inclusive government. One of his significant achievements at Common Cause was co-leading a broad coalition of organizations that successfully passed a Clean Elections Law via ballot initiative, and then mounted an equally effective legislative and legal strategy to uphold and implement that law.
Ken spent the mid-1990s as the Director of Communications for the Annenberg Institute for School Reform and the Coalition of Essential Schools. Immediately prior to his work for Annenberg he held similar posts with Oxfam America and the Institute for Defense & Disarmament Studies. He has also been a consultant to numerous non-profit and for-profit organizations.
Ken began his career as a journalist—reporting for a local daily newspaper, writing feature stories and commentary for national publications, and serving as Editor and other roles for several magazines. Ken has served as a spokesperson for several organizations and coalitions, making numerous appearances on television and radio. He has led discussions and workshops on a variety of topics, including democracy, adult development, intergenerational collaboration, communications, and faith and politics.
Ken lives in Richmond, CA, with his wife, Brooke Deterline. His avocations include community building, coaching high school mountain bike riders, trail running, and meditating.