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Lenora White

Hello

From Lenora White
COO | Lawyer | Creative | Implementation Specialist

A quote I stand by:

"We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always right to do right."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Why do you do this work?

I do this work because there is power and dignity in self-determination. In order to control one's own destiny, I believe every individual deserves meaningful access to knowledge, tools, and the marketplace in order to propel them towards their goals individually and as a collective. 

My Story

Lenora earned her J.D. from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Following law school her career journey equipped her with experiences that inform her people centered, research driven, and data informed approach to the work. She served as an Investigator with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) where she worked daily to enforce the Minnesota Human Rights Act.  She routinely drafted charges of discrimination and investigated cases involving discrimination allegations in the areas of employment, housing, education, public services, and several other jurisdictions. Lenora made document requests and reviewed data typically included in affirmative action plans to ensure compliance with the Minnesota Human Rights Act. In addition to performing investigations and issuing written memorandums, Lenora created guides and conducted training webinars tailored to various audiences, performed onsite training for other state agencies, and engaged with people from all different sectors throughout Minnesota and the nation. She is most proud of the investigations that  resulted in settlements, changed policies, and other positive outcomes for citizens of Minnesota. 

 

During the height of the pandemic Lenora worked with the Small Business Administration reviewing applications and providing technical assistance for small businesses seeking economic relief. In addition to experience working with MDHR, Lenora has worked in a variety of legal settings since 2005 serving clients with needs ranging from immigration law to construction litigation.  She is detail oriented and possesses great drive and dedication.

 

In her spare time, Lenora enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and reading a good book.

 

My Proficiency

Highlights of Lenora

  • Processing backlogs and heavy caseloads in government agencies and managing communication with internal and external stakeholders. 

  • Proven track record of conducting quality investigations and producing written memorandums in various legal settings.

  • Thorough investigations and legal analysis facilitated positive outcomes for individuals who experienced discrimination as defined by the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA).

  • Created and conducted training webinars tailored to various audiences in an effort to educate community stakeholders on their rights and obligations under the MHRA. Served as a member of the MN Taskforce on Homelessness.

  • Prepared asylum application, developed and executed case plan, represented at Individual Merit Hearing, and successfully obtained political asylum for client in Legal Services Clinic.

  • Obtained security clearance after an extensive background check and completed an internship with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (Investigations Division). Participated in service of arrest and search warrants, collection and indexing of evidence, and an autopsy related to a criminal investigation. 

  • Managed multi-phase projects which include meeting coordination and scheduling, budget tracking, managing sub-consultants, work plan development and task monitoring, status update reporting, and issuing project closeout reports. Developed data sharing and communication tools tailored to individual client needs with privacy and confidentiality being a central focus.

  • Created and maintained data dashboards, internal and external websites, and other tools used to visualize data to assist with compelling storytelling related to community engagement. 

  • Co-managed Strong & Starlike internship program.

  • Developed documentation and procedures related to onboarding, standard operating procedures, and other internal operations. 

Credentials and Certifications

  • Google Data Analytics Professional Certificate

  • Google IT Support Professional Certificate

  • Juris Doctorate - University of St. Thomas School of Law

  • Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice - Georgia State University

  • Paralegal Studies Certificate 

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