Ridgway H. White is president of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. He began his career at Mott as an intern in 2002 and was hired as a program assistant two years later. After working his way up through the program ranks, he served as the Foundation’s vice president for special projects and chair of its management working group from 2011 until he became president in January 2015.
As part of his earlier program work for the Foundation, White also served as a loaned executive for the Uptown Reinvestment Corporation, a nonprofit organization focused on revitalizing Flint. Over the course of a decade, White oversaw the development of over 1 million square feet of mixed-use space, paving the way for numerous new businesses and restaurants to open. Notable projects included the creation of the Flint Health and Wellness District, a four-block area that’s now home to the Flint Farmers’ Market and the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
In a spirit of social entrepreneurship, White took it upon himself to build two schools that would share one campus in the city of Flint. The project resulted in a new state-of-the-art home for the Michigan School for the Deaf, which is operated by the state of Michigan, and Powers Catholic High School.
White is a graduate of Hobart College, where he studied architecture, economics, and urban planning. He currently chairs the National Center for Family Philanthropy and is the former chair of the Sloan Museum governing council. He also serves on the boards of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; The C. S. Harding Foundation; Isabel Foundation; United States Sugar Corporation; and Ayablu, a licensee of Burt’s Bees doing business as Burt’s Bees Baby. He also is a member of the University of Michigan–Flint’s advisory committee.
He is married and the father of two children.