Level 3 SEE Enrollee, Doug provides administrative and technical support to Region 9 EPA in San Francisco, California. Mr. White manages the reception desk on the main floor of the EPA building by monitoring, tracking and controlling all visitors entering and exiting.
In addition to tracking visitors, Mr. White responds to inquiries from the general public and federal employees. He has a vast knowledge of EPA programs and connects the callers or emails to the correct individuals within the agency. He is also responsible for maintaining regional directories and databases of inquiries, references, visitors and conference-room reservations.
Mr. White moved to San Francisco 1957, before any of the high-rises were built in the downtown area. Much of San Francisco looked the same as it does today, Doug says, but some things were different: “San Francisco had less people then, and less traffic. You could park anywhere downtown after work. The tallest building was the Shell Oil building at Market, Bush, and Montgomery.”
Mr. White grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, where his father was employed by the Rock Island Railroad. When he was 14, his family moved to El Paso, Texas, where he attended the same high school as former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. After high school, he attended the University of Texas El Paso followed by two years in the Navy, aboard the destroyer, the USS Taussig.
After returning to California, Mr. White attended San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco majoring in Business. He took a job with an importer of marble slabs from Italy and Portugal, and worked there for a number of years. In 1983, he and a partner started a wholesale furniture shop known as Design Showroom 3 at the Galleria Design Center, at the foot of Potrero Hill.
Mr. White joined the SEE Program in November of 1992. He loves living in San Francisco and enjoys walking in parks like Land’s End, and collecting Native American photos and items he finds in thrift stores. He also has a collection of Native American pottery in his apartment which takes him back to his days in El Paso, TX.