Is a leader with, “innovative thinking skills, who possesses strong leadership… has a solid foundation [and] a relentless pursuit of vision” –R. Cortines, LAUSD, Supt (ret).

Meet Dr. Davis

DeWayne D. Davis, Ed.D., CBO (Chief Business Official) has been an educator for 29 years.  He began his career as a classroom teacher educating students in some of Los Angeles’s most underserved communities.  Successfully improving student outcomes in the classroom, he then became the State and Federal Program Coordinator serving schoolwide groups of students deemed “at-risk”or “behavioral issues”.  Student outcomes excelled far beyond district expectations.   Promoted, Dr. Davis entered into school administration as an Asst. Principal, focused on curriculum and instruction/teaching and learning.  He rebuked the long-held positioning of Black male administrators as primarily disciplinarians.  Having proven large groups of students considered “at-risk” or “behavioral issues” could be academically successful, Dr. Davis, grounded his belief that the best discipline plan is a solid academic and instructional plan that challenges and engages students.  He was that kid!

As Principal for 11 years, Dr. Davis has proven successful throughout LAUSD and more specifically many Board District One (1) schools. Consequently, he became the subject of the study, Measures That Matter: Why California Should Scrap the Academic Performance Index, completed by the independent think tank, Education Sector “that challenges conventional thinking in educational policy” and found on EdSource.   The study was used as supporting research for LAUSD’s, Academic Growth over Time (AGT) student performance model and challenged the California Department of Education’s (CDE) statewide student performance model. Additionally, Dr. Davis has served as Director of Instruction, Executive Director-Secondary Education, Asst. Superintendent-School Performance, and Deputy Superintendent/CBO-Strategy & Accountability.

Currently, Dr. Davis is an Educational Strategist. He assists school organizations and districts develop policies and practices in the areas of school operations, school finance and instructional delivery. He is also an Adjunct Professor for Columbia University-Teachers College (NY) in the doctoral program teaching School Transformation; a Boardmember for the Urban Education Leaders Collaborative; an Advisory Boardmember of the Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute of CSU, Dominquez Hills; and, Chair of its Anti-Racism Committee. He holds a Doctoral degree in Institutional Management from Pepperdine University and completed his research on school reform.


districtwide safe and supportive School Communities that flourish academically and provide all students the necessary access to resources that meet their individual needs in order to be globally competitive!

...together we Can make it happen

top 4 Priorities

Comprehensive safety plan

No learning can take place when there is fear for our personal safety—on the way to school, within the school grounds or on the way home. School should always be the safehaven for students. Conversely, staffs are to be kept safe as well. Though many do so without any hesitation, we cannot expect anyone to put themselves in harm’s way. NOR, can we expect them to devise, plan and implement high quality lessons or instruction. As Board Representative, I will institute a comprehensive 3-prong collaborative approach to communitywide safety.

Quality Education for all
Community Schools

Quality education is a basic human right! Districtwide and more specifically, District One schools have historically underprepared students to perform and compete globally, adding to the overall cycle of poverty. To address this issue, I will assert the implementation of the Community Schools model throughout our board district. The model has been proven successful at supporting student’s diverse needs while remaining focused on student learning and outcomes.

Parents as Partners

Adult involvement is essential! As the “1st teacher”, parents understand the child’s needs better than anyone. As a board member, I will institute a comprehensive outreach program ensuring the inclusion of parents, extended family members who have taken on the role of parent, and our foster youth home parents. As partners, we will ensure all students are prepared upon graduation!

Targeted Educational support programs

As an underlaying structure to assist our most in need communities and students, I will ensure programs that are targeted towards our most in need student populations.  Targeted educational support programs will be brought to and kept in the forefront of every board agenda, fiscal consideration and accountability system.


"Impact of Leadership" Quotes

" [Dr.Davis is] unapologetic about getting what our babies need to be successful and us [parents] being a part of the school."

Gudelia (parent)

“ This was not a functioning school before he [Dr. Davis] got here. It was sink or swim-we were just barely keeping our heads above water."

Aracely (Teacher)

That man [Dr. Davis] is relentless. He moved this school and community so far and so fast. I didn't think it was possible. We hated to see him go."

Andrea (Parent)

" I literally had my transfer in. Before he [Dr. Davis] arrived, I felt like this was a lost cause. He restored my desire to want to teach here."

Carmen (Teacher)

" I heard so many negative stories that I was concerned about putting my child in that school, but I'm glad I did. Dr. Davis has been a blessing."

DeAnn (Parent)
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Dr. Davis cont...

“Dr. Davis Possesses Extensive Knowledge In The Areas Of Leadership… Implementing Comprehensive Information And Data Systems And Working Effectively With Others To Improve Organizational Leadership”

 -D. Brawley, Supt.-Compton Unified

Education & certifications
  • Data Analytics & Strategy Certification, Harvard Business Analytics Program Harvard University (expected ’23)
  • Professional Educator Licensure- Superintendent, Illinois State Board of Education ‘16
  • Chief Business Official Certification (CBO)-School Business Management Program, University of Southern California, ‘12
  • Ed.D.-Institutional Management EOM in Resource Allocation, Pepperdine University, ‘07
  • M.A.-Educational Administration/Administrative Service Credential, California State University, Northridge ’95
  • B.A.-History/Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential Social Studies and English authorization, California State University, Northridge ’92
Positions held
  • Deputy Superintendent/CBO-Business Services, Human Resources & Information Technology, Waukegan Public Schools
  • Assistant Superintendent-Performance and Planning, Portland Public Schools
  • Senior Executive Director-Secondary Education, Compton Unified School District
  • Director-Secondary Instruction, Central District Office, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Principal, Audubon Middle School
  • Principal, 54th St
  • Principal, Century Park
  • Principal, Raymond Ave
  • Assistant Principal, Grape Street
  • Assistant Principal, Crozier Middle School, Inglewood Unified
  • Categorical Program Coordinator, Monroe Middle School, Inglewood Unified
  • Teacher, Monroe Middle School, Inglewood Unified
  • Teacher, Inglewood High School, Inglewood Unified
Honors and Awards
  • Certificate of Recognition Award, Illinois School Board Education
  • Certificate of Excellence Award, ASBO International
  • Educator of The Year, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
  • Middle School Principal of The Year, Association of California School Administrators
  • California Distinguished School Award Recipient
  • Title One Achievement School Award Recipient
  • Educator of The Year, Stoval Educational Foundation
  • California Association of School Business Officers, Member
  • Association of School Business Officials International, Member
  • Illinois Association of School Business Officials, Member
  • Society of Human Resource Management, Member
  • Philanthropy Alliance Foundation, Advisory Board member
  • Urban Education Leaders Collaborative, Board of Directors
  • Association of California School Administrators, Board of Directors
  • American Association of School Administrators, Member
  • Mervyn Dymally Political and Economic Institute, Advisory Board member
  • The College Board-Academic Assembly, Representative
  • 100 Black Men of Los Angeles Inc., Educational Board Member
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Member
School Transformation Presentations
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  • Urban School Turnaround: Mission Impossible?, The Superintendents Roundtable, New York, Ny.'12
  • Transferring School Success. Presented at School Success Forum,
    Los Angeles, Ca. March ’11,
  • School Turnaround Efforts in Los Angeles: Policies and Practice.
    Presented at the American Association of School Administrators, Los Angeles, Ca. February ’13,
  • Perceptions of Elementary Teachers of a School-wide Reform: Ex Post Facto. Presented at the AmericanEducationalResearch Association, San Francisco, Ca. April ’05
Race & Equity Moderator
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  • For Colored People Only: a 3 Part Series on Anti-Racism
    Moderated for CSU, Dominguez Hills, Carson, Ca. February ‘21, April ’21, March '22 Moderator