Founder, HBCU Green Fund
Felicia M. Davis is a staunch advocate for measurable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency retrofits, green building, renewable energy solutions and an array of sustainable practices. In 2016 she co-founded the HBCU Green Fund to help finance green projects at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She serves on the steering committees of Intentional Endowments Network, Croatan Institute and the JustTransition PowerForce. She was a founding board member for Green 2.0, dedicated to increasing racial diversity in environmental leadership and a member of the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper board. She convenes the Sustainable Future for Africa & Diaspora.
Climate Justice has been her primary focus since attending COP6 at The Hague in 2000. She served as the Georgia Airkeeper director and first director of Mothers & Others for Clean Air. She directed the two-million-dollar UNCF Building Green Initiative advancing sustainability for Black, Hispanic-Serving and Tribal Colleges and Universities. She is an Environmental Leadership Program Senior Fellow and IGEL Fellow. An author of the seminal Air of Injustice Report, she also produced the MSI Green Report, Sustainable Campuses-Building Green at Minority Serving Institutions, and the first ever HBCU Green Report. Felica is working to establish an innovative green financing platform that will help to democratize investment opportunities and expand renewable energy options. Projects under her management include the BIPOC Climate Scholars Project, HBCU Energy Fellows Project, and the Sustainable Africa Future Project. Felicia’s favorite question is, “If we get it right what will it look like?”
What do you foresee as the most important development in international grantmaking in the next 5 years?
More than 50% of SubSaharan Africa's population is under 20 and 40% 15 years or younger. Eradicating legacy debt, compensating for loss & damage, and massive investment in agriculture, infrastructure and education are high priorities if the continent is to flourish.