Interim Co-Director Carol Davis is an attorney, nonprofit director and real estate developer. She has led the Simon Green Atkins Community Development Corp. (SG Atkins CDC) at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) since 2001.
Davis notes “I believe that the Center for Design Innovation has transformative potential for our students as they learn to appreciate CDI as a hybrid space for creative collaboration and learn that design innovation is not just for artists and engineers, but cross-disciplinary teams looking for answers to complex problems.”
Davis has collaborated with local, state and federal partners to provide more than $5 million in investment for community economic development in East Winston-Salem. Under her leadership, the S.G. Atkins Community Development Corporation has built homes for families, invested in entrepreneurs and supported neighborhood organizers. In 2010, she directed the Atkins CDC to purchase and transform a 40,000-square-foot building into The Enterprise Center, a hub for community engagement and business incubation for socially conscious entrepreneurs and nonprofits.
Davis has received numerous honors during her career, including the Breaking Barriers Award from the City of Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission, the Vivian H. Burke Award for Minority Business Development, and the WSSU Chancellor’s Achievement Award, all in 2016. She received the Winston-Salem Chronicle Organization of the Year (for SG Atkins CDC) in 2011, and the WSSU Graduate Studies and Research Platinum Award in 2010.
Davis received a Juris Doctor from the Wake Forest University School of Law, an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.