Sheri Davis is the Senior Program Director for WILL Empower with the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University. She previously served as the Director for the Westside Communities Alliance in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech. There she built an alliance between the campus community and a network of community partners on Atlanta’s westside. Davis also worked with SEIU District 82, Justice for Janitors Campaign, as a Union Representative for university workers as well as a Grievance and Arbitrations Coordinator. She successfully led collective bargaining campaigns at George Washington University and Howard University and served as a Steering Committee member for DC Jobs with Justice.
A native Atlantan and interdisciplinary scholar-activist, Davis completed her doctorate in American Studies in the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts at Emory University. She also holds a M.A. in Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University and B.A. in Psychology and Political Science from Spelman College. Her entry point into the labor movement was as a graduate student activist and leader at OSU during the CWA Local 4501 strike and thirty-day sit-in in 2000. This led to an opportunity working on the Global Justice Campaign as an intern in the Field Mobilization division of the National AFL-CIO.
Davis has also worked abroad in South Africa with an international organization to end violence against women. She has been a blogging member with the Crunk Feminist Collective and recently served on the boards of the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, a community-based environmental justice organization, and the HEALing Community Center, a free and affordable community health clinic, as the board chair.