Dr. Zaria Davis

Dr. Zaria Davis is a mentor, educator, and advocate. She serves as the Director of Advocacy with the Chicago Community Bond Fund addressing pretrial policy and community engagement. Zaria is also a Senior Consultant for nonprofits and businesses through New Direction Coaching & Consulting, LLC. Her focus is leadership development, policy within the criminal legal system, and transitional coaching. She is trained as a racial healing circle and Love and Logic facilitator. Dr. Zaria is passionate about working with women in reentry and launched Filling The Gap Reentry Services in 2019, addressing many of the voids of services in her community for formerly incarcerated women. Filling the Gap serves on the UnlockHigherEd Steering Committee which advocates for the removal of barriers for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated scholars. She serves on the Ed Trust's Justice Fellows Advisory Board.

Zaria holds a DSW from Capella University, MSW from the University of Cincinnati, and BA in Sociology from Wilberforce University. She is currently enrolled in Eden Theological Seminary pursuing her MDiv. Zaria is a member of various local and national organizations. Dr. Davis is a JustLeadershipUSA Leading with Conviction 2019 Graduate, Community Leaders Institute 2019 graduate, and Excel XIV 2019-20 graduate, and Leadership Cincinnati Class 44. She serves as a board member for Dress for Success Cincinnati, Ohio Justice & Policy Center, ReNforce, and the Robert O'Neal Multicultural Art Center (ROMAC).