Background: Jacquelyn Davis is a fellow and entrepreneur-in-residence at Bellwether Education Partners. She is also a nationally recognized social entrepreneur, nonprofit transformative leader, advisor to foundations and education organizations, and published author. At Bellwether, Jacquelyn is incubating her latest social impact organization, Clever Noodle, which will produce fun, educational “learn to read” analogue games — filling a significant gap in the market for families and schools.
Jacquelyn also founded and leads a boutique consulting firm, EDvolution, which supports philanthropic organizations, local education agencies, states, and education nonprofits on strategy, new initiative design, partnerships, growth, and organizational health. At EDvolution, she oversees projects for national foundations (including NewSchools Venture Fund, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) as well as education organizations (including Rhode Island Department of Education, Massachusetts Department of Education, District of Columbia Public Schools, and Achievement First Charter Network). Jacquelyn was also CEO of the Bainum Family Foundation, a $750 million foundation, and co-founder and partner of Education Forward DC, a $75 million fund that works to reform public education in the nation’s capital.
Jacquelyn also served as a co-founder and chancellor of the highly rated Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School, the first law-related charter high school in Washington, D.C., which was listed among U.S. News and World Report’s top American high schools. She began her career in public policy on Capitol Hill and was named a “Washingtonian of the Year” by Washingtonian Magazine in 2006.
Jacquelyn earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Brown University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center with honors, and was a visiting student at Howard University. She was also a senior education fellow at The George W. Bush Institute. Jacquelyn lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, dyslexic and gifted son, and their new pandemic puppy.
Why I do this work: I’m passionate about bending the arc of justice for children, especially those living in poverty who are historically disenfranchised from high-quality, public education systems and political commitment.