Interview: Davis, Michellene, 2017


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Interview: Davis, Michellene, 2017
Davis, Michellene
Birth Year
Birth Place
Camden, New Jersey
Pomeranz, Sarah
Settimo, Natalie
Shah, Mansi
Location Created
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Date Created
14 November 2017
Michellene Davis, Esq. is the President and CEO of National Medical Fellowships and former Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Barnabas Health. Davis is an Honors graduate of Seton Hall University and holds a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall School of Law. She also received an Executive Education Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from the Harvard Business School and a Wharton Executive Education Certificate in Social Impact Strategy.

Michellene Davis began her legal career as a trial litigator. She also served as Chief Policy Counsel to a former New Jersey Governor, where she was the first African American to serve in this position. Davis was the first African American and only the second women to serve as Acting New Jersey State Treasurer. Ms. Davis was the youngest person in state history to serve as Executive Director of the New Jersey Lottery and served as a senior policy advisor in the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. While Acting State Treasurer of New Jersey, she founded the New Jersey Department of the Treasury's Office of Supplier Diversity and Division of Minority and Women-Owned Businesses. At Rutgers Davis served on the Institute for Women's Leadership's advisory board.

In this interview Ms. Davis describes her childhood growing up in Camden, New Jersey, as well as the impact her father had on her life. She speaks about her transitions between the different professions she has had, her experiences as a woman leader, and the self doubt she has faced in various professions.
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This interview was conducted by IWL Leadership Scholars as part of an ongoing intergenerational interview program at the Institute for Women's Leadership. Since the inception of the Leadership Scholars Certificate Program in the fall of 1999, students have conducted annual interviews with outstanding women leaders. Select transcripts from the collection are accessible on the IWL website.
Institute for Women's Leadership (IWL), Rutgers University–New Brunswick
For permission to use interview excerpts from the Women's Leadership Interview Archive, contact the Institute for Women's Leadership at Rutgers University–New Brunswick at

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