Tess Davis is Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at WestEd. She is responsible for designing and spearheading comprehensive agencywide initiatives and leading internal communications. She is passionate about connecting people with the information they need through purposeful, strategic, engaging communications and stories that inspire action.
Davis was most recently Director of Employee Communications at Abt Associates, responsible for establishing and executing a global internal communications strategy and directing the strategic communications team. She has extensive experience leading change management communications on complex enterprise-level initiatives, including culture and values programs; equity, diversity and inclusion; and major technology implementations.
Before joining Abt in 2014, Davis served as Director of Global Visibility for FHI360 and Director of Digital Communications at the Academy for Educational Development, responsible for content and engagement across digital channels.
Davis has won multiple awards for leadership and communications campaigns. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Baltimore and professional certificates in change management and creative leadership. She lives in the Washington, DC, area with her husband and two children.