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Gailda Pitre Davis

Gailda Pitre Davis

Interim Director, ACE Leadership

Specialization: Leadership development, student affairs; higher education administration; diversity; access and retention of students of color.

Gailda Pitre Davis leads the development and implementation of a broad strategic agenda for ACE Leadership programs, services and initiatives that promote diversity in higher education. Additionally, she represents ACE at local and national meetings on issues related to diversity, access, and inclusion in higher education.

Davis served as the principal investigator for the Creating Global Citizens: Exploring Internationalization at Historically Black Colleges and Universities project as well as the co-lead on the ACE At Home in the World initiative. She currently oversees the efforts of the ACE Women’s Network and Moving the Needle: Advancing Women in Higher Education Leadership initiative.

Davis served for 10 years on the Higher Education Licensure Commission for the District of Columbia, the regulatory body for all postsecondary institutions in Washington, DC. She served as chair  from 2014-16.

Prior to joining ACE, Davis was the program director for a nonprofit organization that supports college access for low-income, urban students. She has more than a decade of experience within higher education administration, having served as a dean of students, director of student activities, pre-college program director, residence hall director and career counselor. 

Davis’s academic credentials include an EdD from The George Washington University in higher education administration, an MEd from Texas State University–San Marcos in counseling and guidance with a focus on student affairs, and a BS from The University of Texas at Austin in child development and family relationships. ​​​​​