Wilda L. White is chair of the Vermont Mental Health Crisis Response Commission, created by the Vermont legislature to review and improve law enforcement interactions with persons believed to be in a mental health crisis. She was formerly the executive director of Vermont Psychiatric Survivors (VPS), Inc., a statewide mutual support and civil rights advocacy organization whose mission is to end psychiatric coercion, discrimination, and oppression. She is also a past Executive Director of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, where she created programs and curricula for students interested in pursuing public interest legal careers. Ms. White was also an Assistant City Editor at the Miami Herald during the time the paper won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service; she served as an international management consultant with McKinsey & Company; and was a name partner in a San Francisco plaintiff’s litigation law firm. She was also a Staff Attorney at The Legal Aid Society of New York City in the South Bronx.
Ms. White is licensed to practice law in New York, California, and Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont, a Juris Doctorate from University of California at Berkeley School of Law, and a Master in Business Administration from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration, from which she graduated with honors.