VOTE Nov. 5th

Joyce Davis  
Henrico County School Board
​Varina District 

Leadership for Continuous School Improvement

Current Policy Adviser to  Elected Officials
Legislative Analyst- Local and State Laws
Former Criminal Justice Public School Teacher
Former Criminal Justice Professor  and Academic Adviser
Budget, Program  Development, Grant Writer 
Juvenile Probation Officer, Advocate for Youth, Adult Probation Officer
Earned Bachelor's degree and Master's degree (VCU)



Joyce Davis have lived in Henrico County in the Varina District for over 20 years. She is a native of Norfolk, Virginia. She was educated in the Norfolk Public Schools System. Her mother raised five children who attended college and are recipients of degrees up to the PhD. level.

By her mother's example of service and helping others, all of her siblings are educators and active in the community.  Her siblings’ accomplishments and hard work ethic are credited to most notably their mother, an outstanding role model. The accomplishments of her siblings includes her brother, a retired teacher and principal of an award winning public school career technology center; her oldest sister, a former professor and chair of nursing studies; her middle sister, who served in the U.S. Air Force and as an IT Technician; and her youngest sister, a special education teacher.  All of whom supported and inspired Joyce by their life examples. She does not have children of her own, but is blessed with nieces and nephews and also the joy of  her nephews' children. She has served as the supervisor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church Youth Ushers for over 20 years, affectionately referring to them as "my kids" and assisting them in their life and educational goals.  
Joyce Davis runs for School Board with extensive program management, policy and budget experience gained in state and local government. Joyce has a broad network of contacts and a sophisticated understanding of the procedural and political context of local government policy and operating practices.
  • Currently, a policy adviser to elected officials and legislative analyst with local government responsible for research and recommendations of local laws.  
  • Areas of policy expertise inclues education, social justice and public safety.
  • Coordinator of Council's legislative proposals to the General Assembly. 
  • Criminal Justice Positions - Director of a Court Diversion Program for first time offenders; Pretrial Interviewer; Adult Probation Officer; Juvenile Probation Officer; Criminal Justice Planner; and Assistant Director of the Virginia Institute for Law and Citizenship Studies for law related education.
  • Owner, Achieve and Succeed, LLC – Virginia Department of Education certified for reading and math tutoring services in Virginia. Educational services helped K-5 students in five school districts receive tutoring with educational gains in reading and math. Parents were assisted to access educational services and resources for students.


  • Earned degrees in Criminal Justice - Bachelor of Science and Master of Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
  • Certificate in Driving Government Performance, Harvard University Executive Education, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Certificate in Performance Measurement, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey

Joyce's experience in education started as a teenager in finding the best kindergarten for her little sister that her mother could afford. Her sister had an excellent early education foundation resulting in placement in gifted and talented programs and later finishing college with two masters degrees.
  • Public School Teacher - Essex County Schools teaching criminal justice in an inaugural dual degree program for college credits.
  • Criminal Justice Professor - Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Virginia Union University (VUU) Assistant Professor
  • Accreditation Coordinator - Appointed by the VUU President to assist the University Provost as the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Coordinator for accreditation of the University. 
  • Educator, Trainer, Grants Manager - Under a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, trainer of Law Related Education (LRE), Violence Prevention, and Conflict Resolution providing for middle school students and teachers which included Henrico, Richmond and Chesterfield School districts
  • Trainer – Under a grant awarded by U.S. Department of Justice, served as trainer of law related education in juvenile justice with the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice in detention settings and Richmond Juvenile Court Service Unit.
  • Served on the Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) Strategic Plan subcommittee and in prior years on the Instructional Technology Committee.
Joyce’s experience in turning ideas into action has been instrumental in bringing diverse groups together to solve problems and successfully implement new initiatives.

  • Honored as “Distinguished Adjunct Faculty of the Year” by the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Student Career Development - Established the first Virginia student chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ) connecting students for career development with professionals. She later established a chapter at VUU.
  • Richmond Juvenile Court, she started the law related education program for juvenile offenders and their parents. 
  • Human Rights Commission –Facilitated the task force by researching, writing the report and recommendations to Richmond City Council to establish the Commission.
  • Ethics Task Force – Assisted the task force by researching and writing the report to make recommendations to Richmond City Council for ethics reform.
  • Grant Writer -Re-established Juvenile Drug Court and Richmond Circuit Court Adult Drug Court programs; U.S. Department of Education and Justice- LRE.
  • Poverty Initiative - Helped to establish (with Human Services team) the state’s poverty initiative for Governor Timothy Kaine's Administration.
  • Community Work – RVA Warriors - provide meals and hygiene items to unsheltered young adults, especially for women without housing.  
“Marching for Policy Issues" Impacting Our Youth
Joyce Davis in Charlottesville, Virginia


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