About – Jennifer Reid Davis
Jennifer Reid Davis is the first Chief Equity Officer of the Noble Network of Charter Schools, serving over 12,000 high school students across Chicago. She moved to Chicago in 2010 to work as the freshman civics teacher at Rauner College Prep, where she served for seven years. She has served as a team leader, advisor, and a network reading instructional leader. Jennifer served as the network’s first diversity recruiter in 2012. She was later named principal of Rauner College Prep in 2013.
In 2015, Jennifer founded the Diverse Leaders Fellowship, a talent pathway at Noble designed to identify Noble’s diverse pipeline of emerging talent, create a sense of belonging through mentorship and cohort-style programming, and provide professional development designed with race & identity at the center. In addition, Jennifer partnered with Noble’s President to author the addition of diversity, equity, & inclusion as a core value at Noble. She has led professional development for over 200 leaders on diversity, race, and equity within the school and workplace. Jennifer was named the director of diversity, equity, and inclusion for the Noble Network in 2017 after leading major initiatives for the organization for several years.
Jennifer was named principal of DRW College Prep in December 2017, where she had a vision of galvanizing top talent and resources, taking DRW College Prep to the next level and making it a staple in the North Lawndale community. While at DRW, Jennifer also led Noble’s first DEI steering committee, which in partnership with Promise54 and FirstGen consultants, crafted Noble’s five-year DEI Strategic Plan in 2019.
Jennifer earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Spelman College. She began her career as a Teach For America corps member in Houston’s Fifth Ward and later earned a master of science in education administration at the University of Pennsylvania. While there, she worked as an intern principal at Northwood Academy. In 2010, she founded her own teen girl empowerment summit, the “I AM SHERO” Summit, serving over 700 girls to date. She is currently pursuing her doctorate from the University of Illinois. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and an advocate for diverse leadership and equitable school systems at Noble and beyond.