Dorothy Davis is President of Dorothy M. Davis Consulting, an international consulting and project management company that streamlines complex issues into manageable and sustainable solutions. She was born in Liberia of pioneer U.S. Foreign Service parents of American, Caribbean and Native American lineage. She grew up in Tunisia, Nigeria, Switzerland, and the U.S.A. She has worked extensively across Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, China and Japan.
Ms. Davis is the founding UN Representative for the Congressional Black Caucus Institute (CBBCI). Among a host of international projects, she created and managed the Global Goodwill Ambassador Program of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) during the administration of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Actor/Humanitarian Danny Glover was UNDP’s first Global Goodwill Ambassador. She subsequently created the foundation for the Africa regional component of UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon’s Campaign to End Violence Against Women (Africa UNiTE) for UNIFEM (now UN Women).
Soon after Hurricane Katrina, Ms. Davis orchestrated and managed a unique partnership between UNDP and the State of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans through Lt. Governor and then Mayor Mitch Landrieu highlighting creative economy as an economic development vehicle. It resulted in New Orleans and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival being the only American city featured in the Creative Economy Corridor of the UN Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010.
Ms. Davis was a founding member of the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund of Liberia and eventual Chair of its International Board of Directors during the Ebola epidemic. She was the Gender representative on the African Union Diaspora Task Team in New York City.
Ms. Davis received her Bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and film with a minor in political science from Boston University and her M.S. degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
In May 2015, she was honored with the 21 Leaders of the 21st Century 2015 Award from Womens eNews in the category of Seven Who Interrupt Legacy Narratives as a Transcontinental Developer of African Economic Justice. In April 2014, she received the Global Poverty Award from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Ms. Davis also manages and curates her father’s extensive 55,000 image legacy as a pioneer photographer, journalist and U.S. Foreign Service Officer for the Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives. Currently, Mr. Davis’ never before seen photographs of and letters with Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes are being exhibited —“Griff Davis-Langston Hughes, Letters and Photographs, 1947-1967: A Global Friendship”-- at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa, Florida until April 19, 2020.