Andre D. White is the Executive Director & CEO of Phipps Neighborhoods. Andre has been recognized as a national leader in the field of youth employment and brings nearly two decades of public service, experience and accomplishments to this role.
As Deputy Commissioner of Youth Workforce Development at the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), Andre managed $220 million in annual public and private funding for youth employment, internships, training and high school dropout prevention services. He oversaw the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)—the nation’s largest summer jobs initiative—and was instrumental in the program’s innovative redesign and the building of strategic partnerships that have enhanced the program experience for New York City’s young people. Andre’s role in the development of innovative programs for opportunity youth have been recognized by advocates, elected leaders and the communities he serves. He led the design and launch of Advance & Earn, a new career pathways training and employment program model that helps opportunity youth further their educational and career goals through comprehensive High School Equivalency (HSE) test preparation, employer-recognized trainings, credentials and certifications, and paid internships.
Prior to joining DYCD in 2008, Andre was a Policy Analyst for the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, serving as a liaison to elected officials, community-based organizations, government agencies and constituents. He played a lead role in developing needs assessments, strategies and conducting research targeting social, health, and economic development issues specifically impacting Brooklyn youth. Andre began his public service career as the Program Coordinator for Project Reach Youth where he connected young people to career and higher education opportunities through job fairs, college workshops and work readiness training.
Andre served on numerous Citywide task forces, and currently sits on the advisory board of Samaschool and Genesys Works New York. His educational background includes a BA in Political Science and MA in Political Science, Urban Policy and Administration from the City University of New York at Brooklyn College.