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Let's Meet Justin Davis, Our New Assistant Controller

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under School's Out News

Money. We all use it. We all need it. And as SOWA expands our impact, someone's got to keep an eye on it. That's why we've brought on Justin Davis as our new Assistant Controller, who will bring his experience managing finances to our organization. Let's get to know him!

Where are you from?

I grew up in Murrieta, California, (which is midway between LA and San Diego). After graduating high school, I attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas where I studied religion. Following 8 years in Waco, I then moved with friends to North Carolina, where I began my nonprofit career and tried my hand at divinity school before moving to Washington DC to work at the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program. Life in DC prompted a desire for a different pace of life and a change in scenery, which brought me to Seattle in the spring of 2016. It is my hope that this beautiful place is home for a very long time.

What do you like to do in your own time?

I’m admittedly a bit of a homebody, but I love to bake and experiment in the kitchen, catch the latest and greatest thing on Netflix, visit the Seattle Aquarium, and explore other events or sights of the city and the region. As I’m still new to the area, I’m always up for suggestions on things to see and do!

What brought you to SOWA?

I was looking for opportunities to develop my professional skillet and further my career in an environment that was people-focused and that had a strong organizational culture that was dedicated to seeing disadvantaged communities and peoples thrive. SOWA immediately stood out as an organization that is dedicated to doing the hard work of dismantling systems of oppression and racism and I knew it would be a challenging and inspiring place to work and grow both professionally and personally.

Tell us one thing you’re proud of?

My education and career have afforded me countless opportunities to meet people all around the world and to learn, grow, and change as we’ve encountered one another and shared in life. I’m proud to have spent my career working for organizations committed to going above and beyond to treat people well, advocating for and supporting those in need, and seeing them thrive in all of life’s complexities and intersections. Growing in knowledge, kindness, and love through these friendships and experiences over the years is what I value and hold most dearly as it shaped and continues to shape who I am.

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