PEKIN, Ill. — The Dirksen Congressional Center’s Board of Directors approved a plan to hire Tiffany White to succeed current executive director Frank Mackaman, set to retire in 2020.
White is the current chief of staff to State Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) and has served on the Center’s board since 2018. Mackaman will remain on staff as the historian and archivist for the Center, a role that will be assumed by White in the future. She is set to begin her work as executive director on Sept. 1.
“We knew that finding a replacement for someone like Frank was going to be a daunting task,” Board President Timm Schwartz said. “We were most fortunate to have an outstanding person right on our own Board. The Center is thrilled to have Tiffany to assume Frank’s position.”
The Dirksen Congressional Center was established in 1975. It is named for Everett McKinley Dirksen of Pekin, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives, as Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate, and who was instrumental in the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
The Center, a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, promotes research and scholarship to advance the public understanding of the U.S. Congress.
“I am delighted that the Board of Directors has found such an experienced, talented, and enthusiastic person as Tiffany White to continue The Center’s important work,” said Mackaman. “With Tiffany at the helm, The Center’s future is bright.”
White is a 2005 Graduate of Pekin Community High School, and a 2008 Graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where she studied both Political Science and Speech Communication.
“The Dirksen Congressional Center represents many sources of my pride for our local community,” White said, “and I am so humbled to have been asked to assume this role. Helping to maintain the legacy of The Center—along with the legacy of great public servants whose influence is kept alive by The Center’s mission—will undoubtedly be one of the highest privileges of my life and career. I could not possibly be more enthused about this opportunity, and am anxious to dedicate myself to this work.”
White also spent five years as a staff member in the 18th District Congressional Office.