James D.White

Strategic Advisor

Select Leadership Roles

  • Jamba Inc; Chairman, CEO, President
  • Coca-Cola, Gillette, Nestle Purina; executive roles

Board Member

Simply Good Foods
Adtalem Global Education
Panera Bread
Hillshire Brands
Daymon Worldwide
Air Protein

James D. White serves as a strategic advisor to Mission Advancement Corp.

Mr. White is a transformational leader and former Chairman, CEO and President at Jamba Inc. with 20 years of Boardroom experience, having served on over 16 public, pre-IPO, private and startup boards. He has chaired 6 company Boards and currently sits on the Boards of four public companies including Affirm (NASDAQ: AFRM), Simply Good Foods (NASDAQ: SMPL), Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE) and Medallia(NYSE: MDLA). 

He is the Executive Chair of Air Protein and the Founder and Chairman of Directors Academy, a non-profit with a mission to identify, develop and advance the next generation of diverse corporate board members. Mr. White has held management roles at Gillette, Nestle Purina and Coca-Cola and previously served on the non-profit Boards of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, The Organic Center and the Network of Executive Women.

He is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Heart Association Corporate Citizen Award; the Network of Executive Women CPG Retail Diversity Hall of Fame; Junior Achievement, Northern California Lifetime Achievement Award; and San Francisco Business Times as the Bay Area’s Most Admired CEO.

Mr. White earned an MBA from Fontbonne University and a B.S with a major in Marketing from the University of Missouri. He also participated in the Food Executive Program at Cornell University and served as a Distinguished Careers Institute Fellow at Stanford University.