White worked her way up from volunteer to national manager for Live Free, a nonprofit with the goal of ending mass incarceration in the United States. She joined that cause after serving five years in an Alabama prison for drug trafficking. “We have a caricature of who criminals are in this country, and we use that to deny the formerly incarcerated of very basic human rights like housing, a job with a livable wage and healthcare,” she says. She noticed that advocacy around the formerly incarcerated focused on men, and women were often left out of the conversation. She found her calling in advocating for current and former prisoners. “What appears to have broken you can actually just be a pathway to your destiny,” she says.
Originally from Dayton, Ohio, her family moved to Dallas in 1997, and she graduated from Townview High School. After college, she started working at Verizon Wireless in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, and in 2009, she was arrested on a marijuana trafficking charge in Alabama. Her parents, who both have master’s degrees, encouraged her to take a plea deal, but she went to trial and lost. Upon her release in 2014, she returned to Dallas and started working as a volunteer organizer.
She’s a member of Concord Church, and she says she’s “your favorite playlist deejay. I’m taller than most of the men I meet in Dallas. I was raised around a lot of boys, and I exemplify who you can be if you have a lot of faith, and you continue to persevere.” She wants everyone to know that she’s the best spades player you’ll ever know. And she’s currently working on a campaign to require health inspections at county jails in 10 jurisdictions around the country.