Placed Leaders

Felicia S. Davis

President & CEO

Chicago Foundation for Women

Koya Leadership Partners is delighted to have placed Felicia S. Davis as President & CEO of Chicago Foundation for Women.

Felicia S. Davis is a self-described “girl from the South Side of Chicago.” Felicia has spent the bulk of her professional career in public service. Prior to leading Chicago Foundation for Women, Felicia served as the Interim President of Olive-Harvey College, one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago (CCC). She was named to this post by CCC Chancellor Juan Salgado in May 2017.

Prior to joining City Colleges, Felicia held several executive positions in city government. She served as Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s First Deputy Chief of Staff, the first Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement, and as Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Buildings. She also led the Public Building Commission (PBC) as its Executive Director. As a public developer, the PBC plans, designs and builds schools, parks, libraries and municipal buildings that help to make the communities of Chicago and Cook County better and safer places to live. Under Felicia’s leadership, the PBC developed over $200 million worth of public projects. With Felicia at the helm, the PBC’s annual Minority Business Enterprise and Women Business Enterprise participation rate was nearly 40%.

Felicia spent 10 years in administration at Kendall College, rising to Vice President of Operations and Student Administration. Felicia began her public sector career with the Chicago Police Department (CPD), where Felicia served with distinction, for 10 years.

Felicia is a native Chicagoan and life-long resident of the City’s South Side, where she resides with her family. This dynamic leader and mother of five is deeply committed to community and civic duty. Felicia served as a member of the Gubernatorial Inauguration Committee for JB Pritzker and the Illinois Senate Sexual Discrimination, Harassment Awareness and Prevention Task Force. Additionally, Felicia proudly served as an inaugural member of the Advisory Board for the Willie’s Warriors Leadership Initiative and is a founding member of the South Side Giving Circle at Chicago Foundation for Women.