The following information is from Amos White:
Amos White for Alameda City Council!
Amos White is Alameda’s best choice to bring positive change and social impact to our city government and our community.
I first came to Alameda to work on Barbara Lee’s State Senate campaign as the campaign field coordinator managing the Alameda office in the space next to Joshuya Sushi in the Mariner Square Shopping Mall. My first site was coming out of the tube and getting a tour of Webster Street where she bought me a Nation’s hamburger and fries. We later turned down Central to amble across town to the wooded Park Avenue. The tree lined streets and stately Victorians were a most welcoming site and already, so familiar.
I was born the middle child of three in Columbus, Ohio, in the heart of the midwest. I was raised by two accomplished educators. My mother, Janice, was from Cleveland and had her Masters and later got her JD and practiced law. My father had his PhD in education from Ohio State University. His dissertation would go on to become a founding document in Boston’s schools desegregation plan better well known as busing, the nation’s first. In the midst of a racially and socially turbulent 60’s, my parents were both civically and socially active in the city and state in the community and in the church. I still remember being placed in the back seat on Sunday’s after church and being driven with the smell of cookies seeping from round metal tins, lined with wax paper to be delivered to the boys in the barracks of Fort Hayes where they waited to be shipped out to VIetnam.
My parents moved us out of Columbus’ near east side, a predominantly mixed working class community of African Americans and white families nestled beside the old B&O rail tracks, to the finest community in town, Bexley. It had the best schools, tree lined streets and a quiet community of Washingtonian, Jeffersonain, and Tudors. Not unlike, Alameda. Too young to know back then in 1969, but it took a village of concerned and caring mothers and influential families to help acquire my parent’s house due to the strict redlining practices and racial resentment experienced at the time. But in the end, we would live in “The White House” for 30 years.
Much like my parents, my school teachers were some of the most inspiring and supportive adults in my life. They always had a thoughtful question for me to ponder or lesson to accomplish. My first grade teacher, Ms. Palsgrove, would later become Ohio Teacher of the Year. Thanks to them, and the support of the community’s highly engaged fathers in youth sports leagues, I would learn to excel academically and be awarded in three sports: football, track and baseball, all the way thru college.
My love of music cam largely from my father. He majored in music in college– wanted to be a conductor– and encouraged me to join the orchestra on bass in fourth grade. I also picked up the bass guitar for jazz band club in seventh, and went on to perform in the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra.
In high school, my love of all things outdoors and caring for our yard plants got me my first job as a Youth Conservation Corps Member. I worked in nature conservation and restoration in our Central Ohio state parks and woodlands.
Graduating Bexley, I headed to Wittenberg University pre law bound with athletic acceptance onto football and track teams. College was a productive laboratory where I balanced sports, arts and letters: lettered in two sports, made All American in long jump, self published my first book of poetry, joined the inaugural Dance Troupe and co-organized an all-school protest and boycott over the administration’s treatment towards our Greek system.
After college, I went straight to work for the first campaign I could find, landing a staff position with Senator John Glenn in The Ohio Statehouse and then later with the Ohio Democratic Caucus. I also went on to serve Senator Rick Pfeiffer, Rep. Otto Beatty and Attorney General Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr. on his gubernatorial campaign.
I moved to Los Angeles after receiving a CORO Foundation Fellowship. There I studied Public Affairs throughout the myriad of 88 cities, jam packed freeways and neighborhoods of LA. I survived the City of Angels and learned valuable lessons in community organizing, resilience and transformation: through the El Nino torrential rainfalls and mudslides of ‘92, to the Rodney King Uprising on the streets of South Central to Hollywood over those first four days along with a KTLA news crew, to implementing Rebuild LA as a strategic planner with United Way. I learned that the vo
ice of the unheard is a mighty motivating force for change in the wake of decades of neglect and social and economic oppression.
Moving to San Francisco, I worked for the progressive Supervisor Terrance Hallinan and served on his successful campaign bid for DA. While there, our office took a leading role in the compassionate care movement for the legalization of medical marijuana for medicinal purposes in the run up to Proposition-215 (1996).
Amos is an entrepreneur, community leader, award-winning writer, producer/director, and artist. Over the past 30 years, Amos has led and supported movements and policy initiatives that created positive change and impact for our communities.
I have served on the front lines of California communities focusing on children, youth and families for over 25 years, and served to lead in many capacities: as Southern California Volunteer Coordinator for Barbara Boxer’s first US Senate campaign, and Field Coordinator for Barbara Lee’s State Senate campaign, and with the Kids First! Oakland Fund for Children and Youth Program and Coalition, a $5.5MM Fund for underrepresented Children and Youth. As Deputy Director of Eureka Communities – Northern California/Eureka Foundation, Amos co-created and managed the $1.6MM Statewide Leadership Training Fellowship Program for nonprofit directors and community leaders.
Recognized for my vivid literary imagery and breathless poetic interpretations with haiku, I have published as an author and a poet. Some past artistic work includes Founder and Host of the Heart of the Muse creative’s salon, Executive Producer and Host of Beyond Words: Jazz+Poetry show; and the Oakland Haiku and Poetry Festival.
In Alameda, I served on the Board of Rhythmix Cultural Works, the only arts organization in the city that is dedicated to presenting and preserving multicultural programming that attracts audiences representative of the island’s diversity; as a coalition member with Alameda Coming Together (ACT NOW!), the California Sanctuary Campaign; CASA – Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda environmental task force, where I co-authored Alameda’s Climate Emergency Declaration; Alameda All Faith’s Coalition where I serve as chair on the rapid crisis response committee; Encinal Jets Athletic Boosters VP of Marketing; Alameda Island Poets; and lead organizer with ACLU People Power Alameda where I co-authored Alameda Resolution to Declare Racism as a Public Health Emergency.
Seeing the mounting trials of a rapidly warming planet and the increasing intersection of race and migration, led me to pivot away from marketing consulting in 2017 to focus on developing community based strategies to engage and motivate individuals to act on this climate emergency. And in 2019, with the support of key CASA colleagues, I launched 100K Trees for Humanity, an urban reforestation tree planting initiative to accelerate carbon sequestration globally. That year, I also joined and was elected Vice Chair of the bay area Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force, working with a regional coalition of elected officials, city staffs, sustainability and environmental staff and community based organizations to align climate action plans, centering frontline communities in their strategies.
I am excited to run to be Alameda’s next council member and to have the broad base of endorsers to support my campaign. I am committed to building together with our diverse communities a city that truly serves and welcomes all here.
Amos White | for Alameda City Council