Davis, MPA
Vice President, Global Birth Equity + Innovation
National Birth Equity Collaborative
About Kelly Davis, MPA

Kelly Davis, MPA is grateful to have been born the descendant of Africans enslaved in the Americas. Her life experiences have granted her a keen understanding of racism’s caustic effect on health, both for those who work within the system and those who are seeking its care. Ms. Davis enjoys identifying gaps in public health, healthcare, and international development to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities by incubating new initiatives and supporting anti-racist policy and advocacy strategies. She is currently the Chief Equity Officer at the National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC), which creates solutions to optimize Black maternal and infant health through training, research, policy advocacy, and community-centered collaboration. Prior to joining NBEC, Ms. Davis led a series of innovative initiatives for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and served as one of the founding members of the Center for Health Equity, where she conceptualized the Family Wellness Suites, community respite, and healing spaces for parents and children. Ms. Davis has spearheaded the planning, implementation, and oversight of several special initiatives, including supporting maternity hospitals in a long-term institutional transformation process addressing structural racism, bias, resilience, and trauma and catalyzing the City’s first HIV public awareness campaign totally focused on women. Ms. Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University, where her senior thesis explored how women of color experienced contraception in the 20th Century and a Master of Public Administration degree from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.