Shauna Davis

Shauna Davis is the Executive Director of Programs at Achieving the Dream, Inc. In this role, Shauna is responsible for ATD’s strategy development, execution, thought leadership, talent management, and portfolio management of market-driven services, supports, and programs.  Shauna manages the Holistic Student Supports, Teaching & Learning, and Equity Teams, who develop and deliver customized coaching, tools, professional development programming, and resources to support colleges in their pursuit of institutional change. Shauna has extensive experience working in leadership positions to scale reforms, understand loss and momentum points, support change leadership, and evaluate advising and business processes to improve operations and remove systemic barriers to student success. She supports college leaders in transformational change and strategy work, helping institutions identify levers for change, actionable steps, and in building internal and external partnerships.  Her experiences  provide her with a breadth of knowledge, an appreciation for practical and creative solutions, and an ability to translate big picture thinking into actionable strategies. Shauna’s approach to equity focused student success work encompasses three priorities: a systems thinking approach to understanding how the organization works, applying a student-centered design process to purposefully address structures, processes, policies, knowledge and skills, and intentionality in redesigning organizational processes to achieve the desired outcomes.

Prior to joining ATD, Shauna was the Executive Director of the Virginia Community College System Student Success Center and Office of Professional Development, providing technical assistance and strategic support for Virginia’s Community Colleges, a system of 23 colleges with 40 campus locations. Shauna’s experience in the Virginia Community College System includes serving as the Director of Student Services for the Extended Learning Institute (now known as NOVA Online) at Northern Virginia Community College, and as Assistant Vice President of Workforce Development for the Community College Workforce Alliance, a partnership of John Tyler and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community Colleges. Shauna’s career also includes professional experience within four-year education, healthcare, and financial services.

Shauna holds an M.S. in Career and Technical Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also holds a B.A. in Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media from Temple University, and a Systems Thinking Certificate from Cornell University.

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