Robert C. White, Jr. is an At-Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia, Chair of the Committee on Government Operations and Facilities, and Vice-Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ (COG) Board of Directors.
Robert graduated from Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington DC and attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland, earning degrees in Philosophy and Political Science and completing additional studies at Oxford University in England and in The Gambia, West Africa. Robert earned his law degree from the American University Washington College of Law.
In 2008, Robert went to the United States Congress to serve as Legislative Counsel to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. He served as a lead staffer on congressional oversight hearings related to DC and helped draft legislation to loosen Congress’ grip on the DC government and to give greater autonomy and independence to DC residents.
In 2014, Robert was tapped by Attorney General Karl A. Racine to serve as the first Director of Community Outreach for the DC Office of the Attorney General. There, Robert worked to design and execute a blueprint for community engagement with a focus on improving services and supports for the city’s most vulnerable residents.
As Chair of the Board of Metropolitan Washington COG Board from 2018-2019, Robert was proud to be part of a historical COG Board – the first time having all African-American and all women Corporate Officers. He recalls a proud moment when a 2019 COG resolution passed, committing the region to produce at least 320,000 housing units between 2020 and 2030. The result was an additional 75,000 units beyond the units already forecast for this period. The Board worked with elected officials, housing directors, the private sector, and nonprofits to combat the region’s housing shortfall.
Robert and his wife, Christy, an attorney with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, reside in Ward 4 with their daughters, Madison and Monroe, and rescue pit bull, Roscoe. They attend St. Martin’s Catholic Church. Robert loves spending time with his family, reading, and riding his motorcycle.