Shawna Davie is a sought-after local and national speaker, presenter, and advisor on how to organize effectively around challenging and systemic issues in the South. Davie was the Executive Director of Alignment Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi.  Identifying a need for more community-wide focus and collaboration in support of the Jackson Public School District’s strategic plan for academic success, Shawna led the establishment of Alignment Jackson, Inc. as a long-term, collective impact answer to a declining public school system. 

Formerly the Director of Education Initiatives for United Way of the Capital Area, Davie spearheaded dropout prevention efforts in the tri-county area surrounding Jackson. Her work with Alignment Jackson and United Way of the Capital Area has demonstrated her strengths in bringing cross-sector service providers, families, advocates, and city leaders together to make a difference in Jackson Public Schools, the second largest school district in the state of Mississippi. 

Ms. Davie’s career began with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Mississippi as a community organizer and lobbyist, where her work focused on reproductive rights and comprehensive sex education.  At the ACLU, she developed strategic partnerships with state legislators, school board members, and citizens, creating a coalition of more than 500 mobilized stakeholders in a conservative, abstinence-only state. 

Shawna is originally from St. Louis, Missouri but has deep roots in the south.  She is a graduate of Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English.  As Student Government Association President, she discovered her love for taking on challenging and impossible projects, because, for her, addressing systemic issues is the most rewarding work.  Davie currently serves as a board member of the Mississippi Low Income Child Care Initiative and is a former board member of Mississippi First and the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi. 

Shawna Davie is honored to be part of the National Urban Fellows family and hopes to further develop her skills in philanthropy, policy analysis, and systems change.