P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Rina Thomas White, 2012

Partner, Twain Capital

Rina Thomas White is the child of immigrants from India

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Harvard University

RINA THOMAS WHITE is a Partner at Twain Capital, which invests in lower-middle market privately-held companies.

Rina was born in New Orleans to parents from Kerala, India who passed on a strong Catholic faith tradition to her. Through the Huntsman Program at UPenn, she pursued a joint degree in international studies and business. Rina returned home to Louisiana after graduation to work on post-Katrina recovery, first at the state department of economic development and then as a policy advisor to Governor Jindal.

She received her JD from Harvard Law, during which time she volunteered as a legal aid attorney.

Prior to Twain Capital, Rina advised telecom, utilities and manufacturing companies as a management consultant at McKinsey and Company. She also acquired and operated a Mississippi-based distributor of commercial laundry equipment, which made the Inc 5000 list of fastest-growing privately-held companies in America.

Rina lives in Jackson, Mississippi with her husband and three kids. She volunteers with Innovate Mississippi and is a parishioner at St. Richard Church.

  • JD Law | Harvard University 2015
  • BS Operations Management | University of Pennsylvania 2008
  • BA International Studies | University of Pennsylvania 2008
Work History
  • Twain Capital, Partner | August 2022 - PRESENT
  • Laundry South Systems & Repair, Owner and CEO | February 2020 - July 2022
  • McKinsey & Company, Engagement Manager | October 2015 - June 2019
  • Office of Governor Bobby Jindal, Policy Advisor | March 2011 - June 2012
  • Louisiana Economic Development, Manager, State Economic Competitiveness | October 2008 - March 2011
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