Celeste Lacy Davis has been named as the new Executive Director of the Funding Exchange.
Ms. Lacy Davis is a visionary leader with over three decades experience as an activist attorney and grassroots organizer in the fight for social justice. Stemming from her early involvement in the civil rights movement, she went on to develop broad political, on-the-ground experience in human and civil rights, voting rights, and women’s rights movements. As a people’s lawyer, she served at the Legal Aid Society of New York representing indigent criminal defendants on appeal; at the New York City Commission on Human Rights prosecuting HIV/AIDS- related discrimination claims; and at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., specializing in anti-terrorism litigation in the reproductive rights arena.
As a leader-manager in both nonprofit and academic institutions, Ms. Lacy Davis is a former Executive Director of the Fannie Lou Hamer Project, a national advocacy organization committed to campaign finance reform and electoral democracy. She has also served as Director-Counsel of the Voter Education Department for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. Previously, she has held positions as the Director of Alumni Affairs and External Relations at the City University of New York School of Law and the Assistant Dean of the New School, at New School University, in charge of diversity and affirmative action programs.
Ms. Lacy Davis is a graduate of Syracuse University and the City University of New York School of Law.
Ms. Lacy Davis states, “I regard this invitation to lead the team at the Funding Exchange as a great opportunity to do some extremely important change work, at a politically fluid time in our national history, for the most dynamic organization in the alternative philanthropy sector. In fact, more than a great opportunity, it’s an honor–one that I so look forward to the work of deserving.” She began work at the Funding Exchange on January 16, 2007.