Danae D. Davis is the executive director of Milwaukee Succeeds, a collective impact initiative of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and supported by local partners, with a mission of ensuring the success of every child in every school in the City of Milwaukee, from cradle to career.
Danae was formerly the CEO of PEARLS for Teen Girls Inc., a Milwaukee-based nonprofit organization that uses a nationally recognized model for girl empowerment and leadership development for adolescent girls. The program provides girls with a safe place, skills development and self-esteem building that lead to better life choices and an opportunity to realize their full potential.
Prior to PEARLS, Danae was the diversity affairs director at Miller Brewing Company (now MillerCoors), responsible for Miller’s strategic diversity initiatives. In this capacity, she oversaw the company’s diversity goal setting and affirmative action plan processes as well as serving as the catalyst for inclusion programs. Danae also represented Miller in the Wisconsin community on a range of public affairs endeavors. Previously, Danae was director of Diversity Management and Work/Life Programs of Kraft Foods and was responsible for overseeing all company diversity and work/life balance initiatives.
Prior to joining Kraft Foods, Danae was the director of the Department of Employee Relations for the City of Milwaukee and was responsible for overseeing 92 employees and all human resource functions, namely staffing, compensation, labor relations, equal opportunity employment and benefits. Danae has held numerous labor relations and human resources positions at the city, state and federal levels. She was also the legal counsel for the governor of the State of Wisconsin.
Danae is a member on the board of directors for several civic organizations, including 88.9 Radio Milwaukee and Milwaukee Charter School Advocates, and is a former member of the UW System Board of Regents, University School of Milwaukee and Schools That Can Milwaukee. Most recently, she was named a Woman of Influence by The Business Journal and attended Strategic Perspectives on Nonprofit Management, a prestigious program for nonprofit leaders at Harvard University Business School. Danae was one of 143 attendees from across the world.
Danae received her bachelor of science degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and a juris doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. Danae resides in Milwaukee.