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LaVida Davis directs the full range of FCNL’s strategic advocacy work. In that capacity, she works with program staff to develop long-term organizing and mobilizing strategies to accomplish our legislative goals. LaVida is a proven leader who brings more than 20 years of experience in politics, organizing, advocacy, consulting, and training. She has a strong commitment to social justice issues and incorporating a class, race, and gender analysis to the work.
As the past director of organizing and grassroots capacity building for Bread for the World, a national policy organization, she led her department in winning federal legislative campaigns to advance domestic and international policies that impact people dealing with hunger and poverty including nutrition program, tax credits, immigration, returning citizen and poverty focused development. This includes creating grassroots campaigns that engaged community members, major stakeholders, and elected officials.
Some of her other successes include creating a voter registration and get-out-the-vote campaign targeting the African American and Latina/o communities in Chicago for the National Organization for Women Foundation. LaVida has also provided technical assistance and training for local community organizations around the country addressing affordable housing issues. She collaborated with housing leaders to develop national strategies and presented specific demands to the U.S. Secretary for Housing and Urban Development. These efforts led to victories for each of the organizations.