Cattivera White enjoyed a successful career at Princeton from 1985 to 1989, winning the 1987 Ivy League cross country championship as well track titles in the mile, 1500m, 3000m and 4x800m relay in 1989. That year she also earned All-America acclaim in 3000m competition.
She continued to run post-collegiately, competing in the 3000m at the 1992 Olympic Trials and joining the U.S. Cross Country Team at the World Championships in 1994.
Since 1995, Cattivera White has served as an assistant track and cross country coach at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach. She has also held head coaching positions at Chadwick High School in Palos Verdes and Acton-Broxborough Regional High School in Massachusetts.
In addition to her coaching duties, Cattivera White teaches history at Mira Costa.
She majored in both history and American Studies at Princeton before earning a teaching credential from Simmons College in Boston, Mass., in 1994. Cattivera White currently resides in Manhattan Beach with her husband, Scott White.