Joan Davidson trained as an urban planner, and spent a decade working in city government. She worked first as a city planner for the NYC Dept. of City Planning, and then at the Dept. of Human Resources where she developed transitional housing for the homeless. Joan was also VP for Public/Community Affairs for Gannett Outdoor, a subsidiary of the Gannett media company. Joan recently completed a Masters Degree in the History of the Decorative Arts and Design from The Parsons School of Design and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and currently sits on the board of many nonprofit organizations and two museums.
Joan serves on the Board of Citizens’ Committee For Children, the leading children’s advocacy organization in NYC. She is also a member of the Women Donor’s Network (WDN), a community of progressive woman philanthropists committed to building a just and fair world through education and collaborative funding. In addition, Joan participated in the creation a donor’s circle to support young Jewish women social entrepreneurs who help vulnerable women and children around the globe.
Joan is very committed to education reform. She sits on the Board of a public charter School in Coney Island Brooklyn (CIP), a mile from where she grew up. She has been involved since the school’s inception in 2009. Now in its fourth year, CIP is one of the highest performing middle schools in NYC. Joan previously served on the board of directors of TADA, a children’s theatre and arts organization, for over a decade. Joan is also involved in local politics and participates in a Middle East peace and education reform study groups with other members of WDN.