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Carl Davis, Jr.

Chief Development Officer

Growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, Carl learned from his family and community that being helpful to others is the purpose of life. It is this ethos that anchors his more than twenty years in the non-profit sector.

He began his career at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. There he rose through the ranks to lead the public launch of the institution’s $300 million capital campaign. In the years since, he has continued to hone his skills as a fundraiser, storyteller, and strategist.

In recent years Carl has emerged as a leading designer of disruptive campaigns. These efforts have shifted narratives and facilitated out-sized philanthropic investments. As Chief Development Officer at Girl Effect he oversaw the launch of “A Girl Should Know Her Place,” a global campaign that shifted attitudes around the needs of adolescent girls and increased global funding to support them. As Vice President of Philanthropy and Global Communications at Search for Common Ground, he was the architect of “She the Peacebuilder,” a multi-year campaign that brought awareness to the importance of having women engaged in peacebuilding efforts at all levels.

Carl loves people. He believes there is nothing better than a great conversation. Art, travel, and theater are passions. A great marching band has been known to make him cry, he will watch almost any sport live, and he treasures getting lost in deep thought with a great book. He is committed to serving his community. He supports young people who are homeless as a board member and volunteers at Sasha Bruce Youthwork.

Carl is a graduate of Ball State University where he earned a B.S. in economics. He and his partner Joe split their time between Washington, D.C. and The Plains, Virginia.