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Donna Givens Davidson

Lecturer, Sustainability Management; President and CEO, Eastside Community Network

Donna Givens Davidson has over 35 years of nonprofit leadership experience in areas of youth and family development, community economic development, community partnerships, and community education. Over the years, she has developed and implemented demonstration programs and worked in partnership with a number of youth-serving organizations with the consistent goal of increasing opportunity, building capacity, and fostering growth.

Now serving as president and CEO of Eastside Community Network, Givens Davidson formerly served as president of the Youth Development Commission, CEO of Visions Education Development Consortium, LLC, executive director of Vanguard Community Development Corporation, vice president of programs for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit, and in leadership positions at several other nonprofit organizations. She serves as a board member of New Detroit, Inc., Michigan College Access Network, and Urban Research Center. She is also a member of the Bridge Detroit Magazine Advisory Council and the Charles H. Wright Community Advisory and Action Council. She is also a steering committee member for the Lower Eastside Action Plan, Building the Engine for Community Development in Detroit, and the Detroit Residents First Fund. Givens Davidson co-hosts a weekly podcast, Authentically Detroit, with Orlando Bailey.


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