2020 Viola Award Finalist for Community Impact (Individual)
Al White has been a staple of the Flagstaff community since he relocated here from a hotel career at Grand Canyon in 1989. He and a partner founded New World Recycling and it was there in an industrial accident that he became a paraplegic. Since then he has been a disability activist, serving as chair and a member of the Flagstaff Disability Awareness Commission. In 2000 Al was elected to the Flagstaff City Council, serving 12 years including two terms as Vice Mayor in 2004 and again in 2008. During that time he served as Council representative on the Tourism Commission, the Sustainability Commission, the Greater Flagstaff Economic Council, the Disability Awareness Commission, the Sustainable Economic Development Initiative started by Carl Taylor, and the Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority.
He has served as the President of the Board of Directors of Quality Connections and been a member of that Board for 20 years. Quality Connections serves to provide housing, jobs, and opportunities to the disabled community.
Al served on theBoard of Directors of the Flagstaff Cultural Partners in 2011 and 2012. He joined the Board of Directors at Theatrikos in 2006, and again in 2013. He served as President in 2018 and 2019. In April 2019 a clogged sewer main filled the basement of the the Theatre with 4,000 gallons of raw sewage. Al Helped lead Theatrikos through this difficult and turbulent time.
Al graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a BA in communication studies, including radio, television and film production.