Hope E. Whitehead,
Director of Judicial Administration
105 South Central Avenue
Clayton, MO 63105
In 2020, Hope E. Whitehead began her term as Judicial Administer after being chosen by a majority vote of the circuit judges after a national search. Whitehead is the first African-American to hold the position. Whitehead received her Bachelor's degree from Fordham University in New York and worked as a social worker for 7 years before earning her juris doctorate from Washington University, School of Law in St. Louis. After graduation, Whitehead joined the St. Louis City Circuit Attorney's Office as a prosecutor. In 1997, she was appointed by Governor Mel Carnahan to be the State Supervisor for the Division of Liquor Control.
From 2001 to 2005, Ms. Whitehead served as a Legal Advisor for the Division of Workers' Compensation. She was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives, District 57, in a special election in February 2010 and represented part of St. Louis City. Ms. Whitehead is a past president of the Mound City Bar Association, Missouri's oldest African-American lawyers association. She is a former member of The Missouri Bar Board of Governors Women's Political Caucus and the Women Lawyers Association. Prior to her appointment Ms. Whitehead was in private practice at the firm she founded, Whitehead & Associates, LLC. She lives with her husband and two sons in St. Louis.
Ms. Whitehead has the unique distinction of being appointed by four different governors to positions in their administration.