Michellene Davis

Executive Intrapreneur and Social Change Agent

A noted trial attorney, Michellene Davis spent her earliest years in public service representing disenfranchised members of the most vulnerable populations. She eventually became the first African-American ever to serve as chief policy counsel within the New Jersey Governor’s office. Prior to her position in the governor’s office, David blazed a trail at the New Jersey Department of the Treasury. As the first African American woman State Treasurer, she created the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Supplier Diversity and Division of Minority and Women-owned Businesses, forging new revenue-generating avenues for women and minority-owned businesses. She became the youngest New Jersey Lottery CEO, producing record-setting revenue numbers, enhancing the state’s General Fund contribution to education and state run veteran’s homes. Davis was also the first woman and person of color to be named to the senior-most position of the State of New Jersey’s healthcare system. An internationally-sought speaker, Davis works to connect with, communicate, and challenge those to whom speaks.


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Changing Missions, Changing Lives: How a Change Agent Can Turn the Ship and Create Impact

Publication Date: June 2020

Over the past twenty years, we’ve seen a paradigmatic shift in the view of corporate engagement in social change, as more corporations look beyond their core business to find ways to engage with consumers and stakeholders as change agents, whether it’s to promote economic development in historically underserved communities or to promote human rights and social justice. Every day, more individuals and corporations are stepping up to say, “Asking the questions isn’t enough; we need to be part of the answer.” Organizations across varied industries are choosing to engage with challenges presented in their communities, because consumers and communities have heightened expectations that businesses will lean in to fill gaps in societal needs that government and independent individual efforts either cannot or have not addressed. 

This book is for you, social change agents, forward-thinking institutions, and disruptors, no matter who you are or where you work. Yes, your organization can make a powerful difference—and in this book Barry Ostrowsky and Michellene Davis share the insights, successes and failures, and strategies that RWJBarnabas Health has adopted through its ongoing process of turning its corporate ship toward its expanded mission.