As a Partner at New Profit and organizational lead on diversity, equity, and inclusion, Marco A. Davis provides strategic insight and advice to New Profit's Focus Funds, field leadership, and portfolio investing practices to identify opportunities for engaging new populations and communities, increasing pipeline diversity and enhancing equity and inclusiveness in the social entrepreneurship space. He also directs New Profit’s Proximity Accelerator.
Prior to joining New Profit, Marco served in the administration of President Barack Obama as Deputy Director at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics which sought to increase opportunities and improve outcomes in education for Hispanics of all ages and build partnerships with key stakeholders and communities nationwide to support its goals. Based on more than 20 years of work in the public interest, he is a frequent speaker on the Latino community, leadership development, and public policy.
Marco also served as the Director of Public Engagement for the Corporation for National and Community Service, leading the President’s call to service initiative—United We Serve—which includes the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. Previously, he served as Director of Global Fellowship and also Regional Manager for Latin America at Ashoka’s Youth Venture.
From 1994 to 2006, Marco was a staff member of the National Council of La Raza (now UnidosUS), the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization. At NCLR, he was named Director of Leadership Development and created the Líderes Initiative, a program and network for young Hispanic leaders. During that time, he also managed Encuentro 2000 – And Beyond, an annual strategic retreat for national Latina/o opinion leaders. His professional career began as leadership development counselor for Prep for Prep, Inc. in New York City, and as a staff member at the Center for Third World Organizing in Oakland, CA.
Marco received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Latin American Studies from Yale University, and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. In the spring of 2017, he was named a Pahara-Aspen Fellow. Originally from Mount Vernon, NY, he lives in the District of Columbia with his wife and daughter.