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Board Members

Karen Farmer White


KAREN FARMER WHITE is an education consultant and is the current Chair of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education. Previously, she was the managing director at the Pittsburgh office of Mesirow Financial. Prior to Mesirow, White was the Vice President of Education at WQED Multimedia where she won three Mid-Atlantic Emmys for her work on educational programming.

White is the current Chair-elect at Seton Hill University and serves on the regional advisory board for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. She serves on numerous boards including the FISA Foundation and Point Park University.

White has received numerous awards for community service and serves as a mentor and role model for women in her community. White worked on a doctorate in education at the University of Pittsburgh where she previously earned a Master of Public Administration from GSPIA and is a graduate of the Executive Management program at the Katz Graduate School of Business. She is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh class XII.