Wilda L. White is the founder of MadFreedom. Wilda is a psychiatric survivor and life-long activist who has been involved in the gay rights, civil rights, and women’s movements. She’s a former executive director of Vermont Psychiatric Survivors and was the inaugural chairperson of the Vermont Mental Health Crisis Response Commission. She was a name partner in a San Francisco litigation law firm, an Assistant City Editor at the Miami Herald during the time the newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, a management consultant with McKinsey and Company, and the inaugural executive director of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, her alma mater.
Wilda served as a director of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and as a director of the Oakland Unified School District, as a Jerry Brown appointee during the time he served as Mayor of Oakland, California. Within one year of her co-founding an Oakland, California community development organization, the San Francisco Business Times named Wilda one of the 10 most powerful people in Oakland.
In addition to holding a law degree, Wilda also earned an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. Wilda is also licensed to practice law in New York, California and Massachusetts.
Wilda lives in Dorset, Vermont (USA) with Marley, her black lab.