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Featured Speaker

Carlene Davis

Carlene A. Davis is a multi-faceted community impact leader, advocate, and strategist for positive social change. Her life’s work is dedicated to creating equity of access, opportunities, and outcomes for Black women, families, and communities.

Currently, Ms. Davis serves as the Vice President of Strategy and Evaluation for California Black Women’s Health Project where she is responsible for providing management and leadership to ensure operational impact, growth, and success across the agency’s systems change arenas: mental health, maternal and reproductive health, physical health, sexual health and wellness, aging, violence prevention, and reparatory justice. Emerging out of the National Black Women’s Health Project movement, California Black Women’s Health Project (CABWHP) was founded in 1994 as the first statewide, non-profit organization solely committed to improving Black women’s health and wellness. Representing and amplifying the voices of California’s 2.1 million Black women & girls from pre-conception to aging, CABWHP advances health equity through education, outreach, policy, advocacy, and grassroots community capacity building.

Carlene’s passion work is also fueled through her leadership as Co-Founder of Sistahs Aging with Grace & Elegance – an organization dedicated to developing culturally specific community-defined solutions to empower Black women with strategies, tools, resources, and supports for enhancing their social, emotional, health, and economic wellbeing along every stage of the aging journey. The vision of Sistahs Aging with Grace & Elegance is for Black women to have what they need to plan well, be well, live well, love well, and be cared for well in their homes and communities.

Through her public sector, non-profit, and volunteer service, Ms. Davis brings a comprehensive portfolio of expertise in organizational development, project management, program design and evaluation, community participatory research, strategic planning and facilitation, and stakeholder engagement. She received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin-LBJ School. Ms. Davis is also an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Leaders Fellowship Program.

Carlene Davis
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