David White

Board Chair

David White is CEO of 3CG, a premier executive coaching and strategic consulting firm. He is Board Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the nation’s largest Fed Bank by area and population. He is a corporate board member and Chair of the Compensation Committee for the global consulting firm, RGP (Nasdaq: RGP), and he is Board Chair of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, which brings private sector resources to address public sector challenges.

David is a strategic advisor to Ulu Ventures, a VC firm that invests in early stage companies and emphasizes support for diverse entrepreneurs. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a board member of the Blackhouse Foundation, which supports Black filmmakers and industry executives.

Previously, David was the National Executive Director (CEO) and Chief Negotiator of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA). At the conclusion of his tenure, SAG-AFTRA was named among the top ten “Most Innovative Film and Television Companies” (2022) by Fast Company.

Early Career

He was CEO of the consulting firm, Entertainment Strategies Group, and an attorney at O’Melveny & Myers. Prior to law school, he was Executive Director of the nonprofit organization, Youth Opportunities Unlimited in Kansas City.

Civic Engagement

David has served as an urban planning Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles and a Commissioner for the Industry Commission to eliminate sexual harassment in Hollywood. He was Board Chair and Trustee of his alma mater, Grinnell College; and of SAG-AFTRA’s Health Plan and its Pension Plan. He has worked extensively with nonprofits as an advisor and board member, including serving as board member of the Motion Picture & Television Fund and the Posse Foundation-LA.

Awards & Profiles

He has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the J.M. Langston Bar Association’s Attorney of the Year, the National Bar Association’s Entertainment, Sports & Art Law Section Attorney of the Year, and the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel’s Labor and Personal Representation Counsel of the Year.

He was co-host of the SAG-AFTRA Podcast, along with its former President, Gabrielle Carteris (Beverly Hills, 90210).


A Rhodes Scholar and Truman Scholar, David is a graduate of Stanford Law School, Oxford University (Queens College) and Grinnell College, where he was co-captain and quarterback of the football team. A former student at the Université d’Haute Bretagne (Rennes, France), he is proficient in French.