Realtor Kanika White has been appointed by Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon to the Board of Commissioners for Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC).
White, who has 15 years of experience in real estate and property management, will fill the unexpired term of the late Gloria Garner, who died Dec. 10, 2019. Garner, 82, a longtime community organizer and retiree of the Knoxville Area Urban League, joined KCDC’s board in 2016 to fill a vacancy and was appointed to a five-year term in 2017.
White will serve on the board until June 30, 2022, at which time she will be eligible for appointment to a full five-year term. A native of New Orleans, White is a member of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors (KAAR); Tennessee Association of Realtors (TAR); and National Association of Realtors (NAR). After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, she relocated to Atlanta and worked for Mercy Housing Management Group, which specializes in affordable housing, and then was promoted to senior property manager at the company’s branch in Knoxville. White currently is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker.
The other KCDC board members are Bruce Anderson, retired Knoxville lawyer; Sylvia Cook, KCDC resident commissioner and community advocate; Kimberly Henry, financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual; Robyn McAdoo, licensed architect at Dollar & Ewers Architecture and board treasurer; Bob Whetsel, retired City of Knoxville director of redevelopment and board vice chair; and John Winemiller, managing partner of intellectual property law firm Merchant & Gould’s Knoxville office and board chair.
Ben Bentley, KCDC executive director and CEO, serves as board secretary.
Seven members of KCDC’s Board of Commissioners are appointed by the Knoxville mayor to oversee programs provided by the agency, including affordable housing administration and redevelopment.