Global Conference 2010
Program Officer, Ford Foundation
Lisa Davis is Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, focusing on its investments in quality housing and on planning and land use innovations in U.S. metropolitan regions. Before joining the Ford Foundation in 2009, Davis spent more than a decade in both nonprofit and private-sector organizations to improve housing and economic conditions in low-income communities. She was vice president and project executive at the New Boston Fund, a private real estate investment management firm. Prior to New Boston, Davis was director of development for the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp. and director of housing and development for the Asian Community Development Corp. In both positions, she oversaw real estate, lending and community development departments and organized neighborhood coalitions to change public policy. Davis holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas, Austin, and a master's degree in real estate development and city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.