Patrina White is a Community Organizer and Advocate. She most recently served as the Executive Director of Kennedy Heights Community Center on the northside of Madison. Mrs. White led daily operations and finance, human resources, and community programming for children and families including an early childcare center, after school programming for school aged youth, and family-centered education and support services. In her role, Mrs.
White also worked extensively with a number of city, county and community-based agencies to support the Adult Resources initiative to secure employment for families in Kennedy Heights and the Greater Madison area. Prior to her departure, Mrs. White was able to secure a mental health and counseling partner to provide neighborhood youth with personal, social and psychological support services during the COVID pandemic.
Mrs. White served on the 24th Leadership Greater Madison committee that worked with Feed Kitchen and other nonprofits to understand and solve food insecurities on the northside. Her passion started early on in life when her grandmother and mother would come home from a long days’ work and feed the community with the food they brought back from her mother’s restaurant in Chicago. Mrs. White’s leadership and volunteer work also includes two years with the United Way of Dane County as a Loaned Executive.
In 1990, Mrs. White received the Operation Desert Storm Achievement Award after she prepared and submitted a proposal to the CEO at Metra Railway in Chicago to organize a fundraiser for deployed troops. The outcome of this plan was over 72,000 pounds of personal supplies and toiletries shipped to our troops abroad.
The mission of the Foundation resonates with Mrs. White because she enjoys being part of conscientious organizations and movements that focus on helping people and confronting systemic social inequality. She has served as an FFBWW Wellness Ambassador for the since 2015.