Judith Davis, Commissioner
Judith Davis, Commissioner
Board Liaison to: School No. 5, 34, 39, and 44; Joseph C. Wilson Foundation Academy, Northeast College High School and Northwest Junior High School at the Douglass campus, and LyncX Academy.
Term Expires: December 2019
Rev. Judith Davis joined the Board of Education January 1, 2019.
Rev. Davis is a daughter “in ministry” of the Rev. Dr. Allen Paul Weaver, Jr., Pastor of Bethesda Baptist Church, New Rochelle, New York where she served as the Minister of Evangelism for three years training members for door to door outreach, lifestyle evangelism, a play ministry and outdoor revival services.
Rev. Davis received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, graduating Summa Cum Laude, from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. She left New Rochelle in 1996 to pursue seminary study at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and graduated from Colgate with Distinction in 1999.
Under the mentorship of Dr. Walter Earl Fluker, at the time the Dean of Black Church Studies and Howard Thurman Scholar at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rev. Davis focused her seminary studies on the development of ethical leadership and assisted Dr. Fluker by becoming the Associate Director of VisionQuest, a non-profit organization established to develop ethical leadership among youth. As Associate Director, Rev. Davis developed curriculum (using the works of Thurman and King) to fund the moral insight of at risk African American youth in an effort to improve their resiliency.
Rev. Davis was also briefly the Minister to Women at Second Baptist Church in Mumford, New York, under the shepherdship of Rev. Dr. Charles Thurman and an Associate Minister at Christian Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Henrietta, New York where she assisted Dr. John Walker in the preaching, teaching and sacramental ministries of the church.
Rev. Davis is an ordained minister under the Progressive National Baptist Convention and was ordained by Dr. Walker, Pastor of Christian Friendship.
Presently, Rev. Davis is the Founder and Executive Director of At Liberty Ministries, Inc., a nonprofit organization established to build communities (especially faith communities) that act as both care-giver and prophet among populations impacted by institutional/structural racism. The work of ALM is threefold: 1) to build anti-racist communities; 2) to develop prophetic care and leadership among youth; and 3) to revise the national narrative currently utilized in public education that results in the mis-education of this nation's children.
Rev. Davis was the facilitator of Black and White Churches Addressing Institutional Racism which is now known as the Movement for Anti-racist Ministry and Action (MAMA). Rev. Davis is a member of MAMA’s Steering Committee and one of the instructors for MAMA’s ten week anti-racist educational series entitled Education for Action. MAMA is a member of a tri-group coalition with Take It Down Planning Committee and Faith Community Alliance that is working with the Rochester City School District as a part of the District’s Racial Equity Advocacy Leadership (REAL) team. Rev. Davis is a former co-facilitator of Facing Race, Embracing Equity's Race and Education Action and Change Work Group, a former member of the Task Force on School Climate and a former facilitator of support groups and Knowledge is Power Series for survivors of domestic violence.
Rev. Davis is Supporting Clergy at Community of the Savior (CoS) in Rochester, New York and a member of CoS’ Mission and Social Justice Committee.
By day she is a Sr. Intellectual Property Specialist with a local corporation.