About Michellene Davis
Michellene Davis, Esq. is a trailblazing leader and passionate voice for equity. A trial attorney by training, she spent her earliest years in public service representing disenfranchised members of the most vulnerable populations. An effective advocate and researcher, she became the first African-American ever to serve as Chief Policy Counsel within the New Jersey Governor’s office.
Prior to making history in the governor’s office, Michellene broke barriers in the New Jersey Department of the Treasury where, as the first African American woman State Treasurer, she created the Treasury’s first Office of Supplier Diversity and Division of Minority and Women-Owned Businesses in order to ensure equal access to revenue generating opportunities for women and minority-owned businesses.
Before being appointed Acting State Treasurer, Michellene was the youngest Executive Director and CEO of the New Jersey Lottery where she generated record-setting revenue numbers. As a result of her financial achievements, the state of New Jersey was able to increase its General Fund contribution to education and state run veterans homes. Michellene was also the first woman and first person of color to rise to the Executive Vice President level at one of the largest healthcare systems in the country.
An internationally requested speaker, she is an inspiring orator with a natural ability to connect and communicate while simultaneously challenging audiences. Michellene’s talents are surpassed only by her personal story. Beyond being a woman of numerous career “firsts,” she has persevered through personal losses and adversity and continued to excel.
Michellene has received national recognition for her professional accomplishments. In 2016, Michellene received the Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Award from U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and she was also the recipient of the Corporate Sector Award from the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association. Previously, she was named the 2015 LUPE Amiga of the Year, the 2014 Business Advocate of the Year by the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and she was selected as one of The Network Journal’s 2014 Top 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business.
Michellene is also active in her civic community. She serves as a member of the Board of Governors of Rowan University/Rutgers – Camden; a member of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Women’s Board; a member of the Board of Directors of the Caucus Educational Trust; a member of the Board of Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ); and a Trustee of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus Foundation.
Michellene began her legal career as a trial litigator. She is an Honors graduate of Seton Hall University, and she holds a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall School of Law.