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Michellene Davis

Michellene Davis is Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at RWJBarnabas Health. She leads Social Impact and Community Investment across the healthcare system and oversees the areas of Policy Development and Government Affairs, Healthy Living and Community and Employee Wellness and Engagement, and Global Health. Having joined RWJBarnabas Health (previously Barnabas Health System) in 2009, Ms. Davis became the first woman and the first person of color to ever ascend to the position of Executive Vice President in its 152 year history.

Before joining RWJBarnabas Health, Ms. Davis served as Chief Policy Counsel to former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, where she was the first African American to serve in this position in state history. She was the first African American and only the second women to serve as Acting New Jersey State Treasurer, and in that role founded the New Jersey Department of the Treasury’s Office of Supplier Diversity and Division of Minority and Women Owned Businesses. She was the youngest person to serve as Executive Director of the New Jersey Lottery in state history and served as a senior policy advisor in the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Ms. Davis serves on the Boards of The Democracy Collaborative and The Root Cause Coalition and on the Health Anchor Network Founding Design Team, Root Cause Coalition National Advisory Board, and United Way ALICE National and Building Healthy Places Advisory Councils. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute. She is the President Emeritus of Executive Women of New Jersey, Chair of Academic Affairs for the Joint Board of Rutgers-Rowan Universities, Treasurer of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Women’s Association, and is on the boards of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, Rutgers Institute for Women’s Leadership, New Jersey Bipartisan Coalition for Women’s Appointments, Caucus Educational Trust, and the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus Foundation.

Ms. Davis is an Honors graduate of Seton Hall University and holds a J.D. from Seton Hall School of Law. She holds Executive Education Certificates in Corporate Social Responsibility from the Harvard Business School and in Social Impact Strategy from the Wharton School of Business. Ms. Davis joined the Board of The Fund for New Jersey in 2020.