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davis-lester01mfLester Davis

Deputy Chief of Staff and Director, Office of Policy and Communications
Baltimore City Council, Office of the President

Lester Davis said his proudest professional accomplishment was being selected to manage the new $12 million Children and Youth Fund in Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s office, where he is the deputy chief of staff and director, Office of Policy and Communications.

“An initiative that resulted from the unrest in Baltimore in April 2015, the fund is one of the nation’s largest dedicated funding streams for programs and services for children,” he said.

Davis is also leading the council president’s drive to reform the city’s public safety programs, focusing on two key issues: introducing body-worn cameras to Baltimore police officers and leading the drive to pursue a pattern-or-practice investigation of the police department by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

“I have played a leading role in a number of groundbreaking policy proposals that have moved the city forward,” he said. “As the lead staffer for the push to reform public safety and increase public-sector investments in children, I’ve been privileged to help refocus the city’s efforts to improve the quality of life for city residents.”

Davis is on the board of Belair-Edison Neighborhoods Inc., a nonprofit group that works to help residents, business owners, and stakeholders feel confident in investing time, energy, and money in the community.

“I work well with my colleagues,” he said, “and we’ve been responsible for policy proposals that have had a positive impact on the city.”

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