Theresa White

Theresa White

Founder, Chair, and CEO
Company: Pan-African Family Empowerment & Land Preservation Network Inc.
Location: Beaufort, South Carolina, United States

Theresa White, Founder, Chair and CEO of the Pan-African Family Empowerment & Land Preservation Network Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in journalism and nonprofit management.

Ms. White is a former journalist, political activist, and nonprofit leader best-known for her work as the Founder, Chair, and CEO of the Pan-African Family Empowerment & Land Preservation Network, Inc. Dedicated to helping property owners of African descent maintain ownership of their homes, properties, and communities, the non-profit has saved more than $15-million worth of Gullah Geechee-owned land since launching its HELP SAVE GULLAH GEECHEE LAND CAMPAIGN in 2015.

Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Ms. White attended Eckerd College, where she was a columnist for student newspaper The Thimblerig, and held student leadership positions as a member of the school’s Expanded Faculty, Student Senate, and President of the Afro-American Society. In recognition of her outstanding student work, Ms. White was presented with the 1977 James H. Robinson Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Enrichment of the Minority Experience, and she was featured in the 1976-1977 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

After graduating, Ms. White settled in St. Petersburg, Florida. After selling her first freelance article to Ebony Magazine in 1978, Ms. White began her 40-year journalism career as General Assignment Reporter for the St. Petersburg Times. Over the course of her career, Ms. White was a contributor or a member of the staff for publications including The Georgia Guardian, The Savannah Tribune, The Savannah Morning/News-Evening Press, The Beaufort Gazette, and Southern Exposure Magazine. She served as Special Projects Editor for The Savannah Herald’s 60th Anniversary Edition, and worked as a Production Assistant for Beaufort, South Carolina PBS affiliate WJWJ-TV/SCETV. Her investigative journalism about the Florida welfare system was nominated for the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award in 1981, and her collaboration with three other St. Petersburg Times reporters on the “To Be Black and to Live In St. Petersburg” series was nominated for a 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Specialized Investigative Reporting.

She is the recipient of the 1985 Emory O. Jackson Memorial Journalism Award from the South Atlantic Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and a 1993 Outstanding News Coverage Award from Citizens for Environmental Justice. Additionally, she was a contributor to newspaper articles that drew accolades from Georgia Press Association and the South Carolina Press Association.

Outside her work in journalism, Ms. White has served as a Congressional Aide to Georgia’s first African-American congresswoman, U.S. Rep. Cynthia A. McKinney, a former Membership Director for the Beaufort, South Carolina Area League of Women Voters, and held a variety of local, state, and federal government positions. She is the former Secretary of the Beaufort County Democratic Party Executive Committee, President of the Northern Beaufort County Democratic Club, a past Public Relations Director for the Burton-Dale-Beaufort NAACP, a former Co-secretary of the South Carolina Progressive Network, as well as the Founder and first Secretary of the Hilton Head Island National Action Network. Ms. White looks forward to returning to a role with the marketing department of Universal Benefits Insurance Marketing Firm, Inc. in late 2021, and to continuing to expand the impact of the Pan-African Family Empowerment & Land Preservation Network, Inc. through continuing non-profit partnerships and assistance programs.

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