David E. White Jr. currently serves as Special Assistant to the President in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel (PPO). Prior to this role, he served on the National Security Council as Senior Advisor to the White House Coordinator for Operation Allies Welcome, where he facilitated whole-of-government efforts to provide housing, health care, education, employment, and other resources at scale for nearly 90,000 Afghan allies resettled in the United States.
An attorney by training, White joined the Biden-Harris Administration as Deputy Associate Counsel in PPO. He was previously a member of the Biden-Harris Transition Team and an attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City.
White began his career in public service as a cavalry officer in the U.S. Army. He served on active duty in a variety of domestic and overseas assignments, including as a Scout Platoon Leader in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2011 to 2012.
After being wounded in combat, White served as second-in-command of the Warrior Transition Unit at West Point, where he coordinated care for other wounded, ill, and injured service members.
His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Badge.
White is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and earned his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He clerked for Judge Paul J. Watford of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Born and raised in New York’s Hudson Valley, White lives with his wife, Dana McKinney White, in Washington, D.C.