Administration

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Frederick A. Davie
Executive Vice President

Contact

3041 Broadway, AD 414
New York, NY 10027
Fdavie@uts.columbia.edu
212-280-1440

Biography

Frederick Davie joined Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York on August 15, 2011, as Executive Vice President. In this capacity, Mr. Davie is the institution¹s chief administrative officer and serves as an advisor to the President for the structure and administration of the executive office, strategic planning, institutional advancement, and vision implementation. He also serves as the administrative center for all the work of the President, coordinating the efforts of executive office staff and senior staff in relation to the President.

He came to Union from the Arcus Foundation, where he served as Interim Executive Director and Senior Director of the Social Justice and LGBT Programs. In this capacity, Mr. Davie managed the Foundation’s grant making a budget and supervised the implementation of the Foundation’s funding strategy for social justice and LGBT programs.

In June 2020, US Senator Charles Schumer appointed Mr. Davie to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. government commission dedicated to defending the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad. USCIRF makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and the Congressional leadership of both political parties.

Mr. Davie served on President Barack Obama¹s transition team, performing agency reviews for faith-based and community initiatives, and accepted an appointment by President Obama to the White House Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. As a member of the White House Council, Mr. Davie provided counsel on strategies for more effective partnerships between federal agencies and community and faith organizations. Mr. Davie provided leadership for the inclusion of non-traditional families and marginalized populations in policy formation.

Mr. Davie was appointed Chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) by Mayor Bill de Blasio in April 2017. The CCRB is an agency established by the City of New York with civilian oversight of the New York City Police Department, the nation’s largest municipal law enforcement agency. With a staff of 200 and a board of 15 members, CCRB is the nation’s largest independent civilian oversight agency of a police department.

Mr. Davie has extensive experience in senior-level roles in philanthropic and social and economic justice organizations, including Public/Private Ventures and the Ford Foundation. At Public/Private Ventures, Mr. Davie served as President and CEO, promoted from Senior Vice President. As SVP, Mr. Davie developed a model national program for the successful re-entry of formerly incarcerated persons, and delivered a White House keynote address on the same in 2007. As a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, Mr. Davie developed a national program to support local faith-based and community juvenile justice programs to reduce rates of incarceration and recidivism.

Mr. Davie has also served in a number of leadership roles in public administration for the City of New York, including Deputy Borough President of Manhattan, and Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Community and Public Affairs, and Chief of Staff to the President of the NYC Board of Education

Mr. Davie’s community and civic engagement work include executive-level positions with New York City Mission Society, Brooklyn Ecumenical Cooperatives and the Presbytery of New York City.

Mr. Davie serves on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Youth Core and the Interfaith Center of New York. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Interfaith Assembly for Homelessness and Housing. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Soulsville Foundation in Memphis, TN. Mr. Davie is a founder and Chair of Faith 2020, a multi-faith organization committed to supporting progressive political campaigns and causes.

A Presbyterian minister in the Presbytery of New York City, Mr. Davie has served the national Presbyterian Church, the NYC presbytery, and local congregations in various volunteer capacities.

Mr. Davie holds a B.A. in Political Science from Greensboro College ’78. Dean’s List and the Harold H. Hutson Award; and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School ’82, where he was a Benjamin E. Mays Fellow of The Fund for Theological Education and President of Yale Black Seminarians. He is also a recipient of Yale Divinity School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service. Mr. Davie was also a Charles H. Revson Fellow at Columbia University, ’90.

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