StrivePartnership welcomes new executive director

Byron White brings experience in the academic, corporate and nonprofit sectors


StrivePartnership will soon welcome a new executive director to its team, continuing the successful work in bringing together cross-sector partners to improve academic outcomes throughout the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.

Byron White will join StrivePartnership starting in January, bringing unique experience in the academic, corporate and nonprofit sectors. White will also serve as a vice president at KnowledgeWorks, StrivePartnership’s parent organization.

“StrivePartnership has 10 years of success working with its partners to close achievement gaps and help more local students succeed,” KnowledgeWorks President and CEO Judy Peppler said. “As a founding member of the partnership, KnowledgeWorks continues to invest in our community through the partnership’s work in Greater Cincinnati. We welcome Byron to our KnowledgeWorks team and look forward to StrivePartnership’s continued success under his leadership.”

Most recently, White served as Vice President for University Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer at Cleveland State University. His role included oversight and strategic development for three of the university’s focus areas: civic engagement, workplace engagement, and inclusion and multicultural engagement.

Before joining Cleveland State University, he was Vice Chancellor for Economic Advancement at the Ohio Board of Regents, where he led statewide efforts to promote research commercialization, internships and co-operative learning, workforce development and adult education. Prior to that, he was the Vice President for Community Engagement at Xavier University.

“Byron brings invaluable experience from a wide array of sectors which will greatly inform his work leading StrivePartnership,” said Leslie Maloney, StrivePartnership Executive Committee Chair and Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation Senior Vice President and Education Program Manager. “He is a passionate leader who deeply cares for the community. We are excited to have him on board.”

White also has experience as executive director of the Conference of Walnut Hills Churches, a coalition of 18 congregations in Cincinnati’s Walnut Hills neighborhood that worked together to promote education and economic development initiatives. He also worked as a reporter and editor for the Chicago Tribune before becoming the newspaper’s senior manager for community relations.

StrivePartnership, a national model for how communities can best come together in the interest of all students, has 10 years of bringing together cross-sector partners to improve academic outcomes from cradle to career. Today nearly 80 percent of key indicators of student success are improving and there is clear evidence that the community is aligning resources around solutions that work.

About KnowledgeWorks

KnowledgeWorks is a national nonprofit organization advancing a future of learning that ensures each student graduates ready for what’s next. For 20 years, we’ve been partnering with states, communities and leaders across the country to imagine, build and sustain vibrant learning communities. Through evidence-based practices and a commitment to equitable outcomes, we’re creating the future of learning, together.