Head of School Kate Windsor announced today the appointment of Ana Davis as Chief Communications Officer for Miss Porter’s School. Ms. Davis will join Porter’s on January 1, 2019 and will be responsible for oversight and management of communications, messaging, marketing, and public relations to raise visibility for the school as a leader in transforming young women into bold, resourceful and ethical global citizens.
Ms. Davis was most recently Director of Communications and Marketing Strategy for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. In this role, she provided leadership and management for an integrated communications strategy advancing the priorities of all areas of FAS including Harvard College. Ms. Davis played an integral role in the marketing and communications strategy for the $2.5 billion capital campaign, which surpassed its goal and raised $3.2 billion in current use, unrestricted funds.
“Ana Davis has over 16 years of communications and marketing experience in the education sector, but her work history alone is not what drew us to her,” said Dr. Windsor. “Ana has demonstrated the ability to be a visionary and strategic leader who will amplify our work being done to strengthen women as 21st century change-makers.”
Ms. Davis has held senior communications positions at the country’s leading universities including Harvard, Yale, Northwestern, and Brandeis. In these roles, she worked closely with executive and senior management, trustees, major donors, faculty, and students to develop and oversee complex marketing and communications functions. Ms. Davis also founded her own company, Ana Davis & Associates, where she has served as a strategic partner guiding clients through the challenges of promoting an organization’s vision and priorities with internal and external constituencies.
Ms. Davis explains, “I was a women’s studies major in college and launched my career at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. Taking this exciting position at Porter’s feels like coming home and is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share the stories of this institution as it leads the way in preparing girls and young women to shape a changing world.”
Ms. Davis graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Bates College with a double major in Women’s Studies and Psychology and holds a master’s degree from Boston College in Higher Education Administration.