SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director
David White is the national executive director and chief negotiator of Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artist (SAG-AFTRA). In this role, White serves as chief executive officer and strategist for the world’s largest entertainment union with approximately 160,000 members worldwide who work in film, television, broadcast news, commercials, music, video games and emerging media.
Prior to rejoining SAG-AFTRA, where he previously served as general counsel from 2002 to 2006, White was managing principal of Los Angeles-based Entertainment Strategies Group LLC, providing consulting services to the entertainment industry. He was a labor and employment attorney at O’Melveny & Myers LLP before joining the executive ranks of SAG-AFTRA. Prior to law school, White was the executive director of an innovative youth services organization, Youth Opportunities Unlimited.
A Rhodes Scholar, White is a graduate of Grinnell College, Stanford Law School and The Queen’s College, Oxford University. He is chair of the board of the SAG-Producers Pension and Health Plans, former chair of the board of trustees of Grinnell College, and former vice chair of the Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund. He is a trustee of the AFTRA Health and Retirement Funds, a board member of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, the SAG Foundation, The Actors Fund and Volunteers of America–Greater Los Angeles. He is also a member of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
White has served as a Los Angeles area commissioner for urban planning and development. He has been a contributing writer for the Los Angeles Lawyer, has been featured in various publications including the Los Angeles Magazine, and has served as a commentator on national and industry publications and radio shows. He has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the John M. Langston Bar Association’s Attorney of the Year award in 2014, the National Bar Association’s Entertainment, Sports & Art Law Section Attorney of the Year in 2010, and the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel’s Labor and Personal Representation Counsel of the Year in 2009.