Ozie Davis III is a lifelong Avondale resident having moved back to the street he was born on after graduate and law school at Indiana University. He is presently the Executive Director of the Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation.Davis has a long history in community engagement and advocacy, serving in the 100th Congress as Congressman Steve Driehaus’ Community Liaison. Davis spent two years working with African-American, Faith Based, Latino, and African communities in Ohio’s First Congressional district. Prior to that, Davis spent five years in the field of Community Development as a Program Officer at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). While at LISC, Davis was fortunate to work on Housing, Safety, Education, Workforce Development, Commercial Development, Community Organizing, and other community based initiatives.
Davis served a term on the board of Cincinnati’s Citizens Complaint Authority and on the Open Cincinnati Action Team, as well as Center for Closing the Health Gap’s Healthy Food Access Task Force. Davis is an active member of the Avondale Community Council, where he co-founded the Avondale Youth Council and Residents United for a Better Avondale (RUFABA). He is a graduate of the Urban League’s African American Leadership Development. Davis is also a Center of Progressive Leadership Political Leader Fellow and a graduate of the Grassroots Leadership Academy and its Train the Trainer Program. Davis is a faithful member of Southern Baptist Church.
Davis is a board member of the Community Development Corporation Association of Greater Cincinnati. He is a member of Rockdale Academy’s Local School Decision Making Committee, and volunteers for the United Way’s Program Review Committee and its 211 Advisory Council. He founded the Queen City Youth Development Program, a program for 13-18yr old inner city student athletes which has amassed over 100 scholarships for athletes in the last fifteen years. Having a long athletic background at Walnut Hills High School and Miami University before earning a Masters in Applied Sports Science, Davis serves as the Sports Editor for the Cincinnati Herald, the City’s African American weekly. Davis’ greatest commitment is to wife Beverly and teenage son, Ozie Davis IV.