Associate Vice President, Marketing & Communications - Spelman College
Joyce E. Davis is a writer and communicator who has spent more than 25 years practicing the art of storytelling.
Davis is proven and passionate media professional with deep experience in communications, marketing, digital storytelling and content production – particularly as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion. She currently serves as the associate vice president for marketing and communications at Spelman College, where she is responsible for the branding of the 140-year-old historically Black college for women. Her recent work includes leading the creation of high-quality content to launch strategic plans, announce fundraising goals, promote constituent accomplishments and communicate about progress in organizational change.
Reporting to Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell, she is adept at thought leadership development and executive and crisis communications. Davis is the chair of the Atlanta University Center Consortium Public Relations Council, leading collaborative marketing efforts of a team of communications executives from five historically black institutions: Morehouse School of Medicine, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, Spelman and the AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library.
Her recent event management experience includes leading virtual leadership and social justice events with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, political pioneer Stacey Abrams and Patrice Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter; and the campus visit and Netflix filming with former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Davis began her career as a journalist. Having held positions at Fortune, Honey, Upscale, BET Weekend and Heart & Soul magazines, Davis’ work has appeared in Essence, Entertainment Weekly, Jet, Vibe, Black Enterprise, People, Ebony and Working Mother.
Prominent threads through her career are social justice, equity, diversity, inclusion and culture. As an author, she contributed to an anthology about people living positively with HIV, and as a journalist she penned an investigative look into Black girls and sex trafficking for Ebony magazine. A former co-owner of the public relations firm PowerFlow Media, she represented authors who wrote about women pioneers, disenfranchised voters and challenges facing young black executives in corporate America. After serving on the Diversity, Equity & Justice and Marketing & Communications committees of The Friends School of Atlanta, she joined the board of Georgia’s only Quaker school, founded primarily to serve as a values-based model of diversity in education.
Davis is a native of Decatur, Georgia, was educated at Howard University, and can be found across social media at @Enjoyceinglife.