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Brother John L.G. White (Spring 2005) Named To Prestigious Kauffman Fellows Program's 25th Class

Silicon Valley-based Kauffman Fellows has announced that Alpha Rho Chapter Alumni Brother John Lee Gaston White has been named to the 25th class of Kauffman Fellows a global initiative that fosters innovative leaders through a 2-year venture capital fellowship, industry events, summits, and a venture capital fund. To date, there are more than 713 Fellows and over 1,000 distinguished mentors engaged in the program.

Prior to earning his B.A. Degree in Sociology from Morehouse College in 2007, Brother White graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute where he served as the first African-American Regimental Commander (highest-ranked student/cadet) in the institute's 113-year history.

Pictured above: The 25th Kauffman Fellows Class during a 2020 photo.

Established in 1995, the Kauffman Fellows Program is a transformative opportunity designed to radically accelerate innovator success through self-reflection, peer learning, mentoring, and a structured curriculum taught by venture capitalists and global thought leaders. During this historical time, Class 25 is a strong reminder of the importance of honoring and equipping a diverse group of venture capital leaders in order to make a needed change and drive innovation and outstanding returns.

This year’s class is the most diverse class ever assembled. Out of our 61 incoming Fellows, 41% are women, 49% identify as people of color, and 11% come from under-represented minority groups. It is also the most senior class to-date with investors (firm founders to partners) coming from some of the most prominent firms in the industry and arriving with an average of 5 years of investing experience. Notable firms participating in this class include Canaan, General Atlantic, Foundry Group, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Tribe Capital, Greycroft, and others.