Welcome to an Old Friend and New Board Member (Spring 2024)

Past Matters Spring 2024; posted on 2/16/2024

We are very excited to welcome former THC Commissioner and a champion and friend of the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission, Daisy Sloan White, to our Board of Trustees.

Daisy brings to the Friends not only her deep passion for Texas history and her long experience on the Commission, but also over forty years of experience in fundraising, development, communications, and planning. She has organized and executed many large local and national productions, including multi-day presidential inauguration events, Super Bowl, Major League Baseball World Series, and corporate and nonprofit events, large and small. She was recognized by the U.S. Secret Service with a certificate of appreciation in 2004 for her organizational, management, and communication skills as a result of her work on 41 @ 80, the 80th birthday for President George H.W. Bush. She continues working as a special events consultant.

Volunteering has long been the hallmark of White’s life. She served as Commissioner of the Texas Historical Commission from 2011-2023, bringing her wealth of experience in and passion for Texas history and historic preservation to bear on her work for the Commission. White also chaired the largest fundraiser in the nation for the American Cancer Society, the Cattle Baron’s Ball of Houston; the Nutcracker Market of the Houston Ballet, the very first year that it raised more than $1 million; and the Race for the Cure, continuing its reputation of breaking both attendance and fundraising records in its efforts against breast cancer.

White currently is on the Texas A&M University Press Advancement Board and is a member of the Campaign Committee of The Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University. She served as a member of the Governor’s Commission for Women from 2005–2011.

White received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas and her master’s degree in speech pathology from Southern Methodist University. She is married to John D. White, a partner in the Southern Funds Group in Houston. They have two daughters.