Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
President and CEO
Elected president of the Mott Foundation in 2015 as Flint’s water crisis was still unfolding, Ridgway White led approval of a $4 million grant to help the city reconnect to Detroit water and begin the process of bringing clean water back to the community. He subsequently led Mott’s commitment to grant $100 million over five years to help the city recover and rise from the crisis — a commitment that was fulfilled early and exceeded. White is a champion for a one-water approach to managing drinking water, storm water and wastewater systems. He was the driving force behind the development of Mizzen by Mott, an app that delivers outstanding content to afterschool providers — at no cost to them. White also chairs the board of directors of U.S. Sugar and serves on the boards of the Council on Foundations, Council of Michigan Foundations, The C.S. Harding Foundation, Isabel Foundation and Ayablu, a licensee of Burt’s Bees doing business as Burt’s Bees Baby.