Carrie L. Davis

Program Director
Portrait of Carrie L. Davis

Carrie leads the Foundation’s work to protect and improve voting rights, voter access, and best practices in election administration. She oversees our support for fair representation and redistricting, and Census engagement programs across the Great Lakes region.

Carrie also serves on the board of Forefront, Illinois’ state philanthropy and nonprofit association, and previously served on the steering committee of the “2020 Illinois Count Me In” statewide census coalition.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Carrie served as executive director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio from 2012-2017, where she led the League’s state advocacy and public engagement programs with a special focus on voters’ rights and redistricting.

Carrie was one of the co-leaders of Fair Districts Ohio, which led a good government campaign for successful passage of the 2015 state redistricting reform ballot issue. In 2017 the coalition launched a citizen initiative campaign to reform congressional districting, which eventually led the state Legislature to negotiate a bipartisan reform plan that was approved by voters in May 2018. Carrie also served on the steering committee of Ohio Voice, the local affiliate of State Voices.

From 2003-2012, Carrie was staff counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, where she litigated and lobbied on a variety of issues including voting rights, free speech, criminal justice, racial justice, LGBT rights, reproductive freedom, and government accountability.

Carrie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a concentration in Public Policy and Public Service from Albion College, as well as a law degree from Case Western Reserve University.

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Policy Watch

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Grantee Spotlight

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Grantee Spotlight

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Critical 2020 Census Count Underway

Joyce supporting statewide census outreach efforts across the Great Lakes region, as well as the national Census Counts partnership. Having an accurate census count relates directly to the foundation’s promotion of fair representation and voting rights.


Want to be the first state to vote? Better make sure you’re ready

Which state should hold the first presidential primary? One that’s most prepared, argues the Joyce Foundation’s democracy program director, Carrie Davis.


A big day for democracy: Here's a look at the Supreme Court decisions and what's next.

Supreme Court actions reached markedly divergent decisions on two cases: Rucho v. Common Cause and Department of Commerce v. New York. For those of us concerned about the health and inclusivity of our democracy, this is a day of mixed reactions.


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Supreme Court heard arguments on whether a question about citizenship will be allowed on the 2020 Census, and early indicators suggest that the question will stand. If so, Cook County must redouble its efforts to ensure we have a full and complete census.


The Joyce Foundation Signs Onto SCOTUS Brief Against Census Citizenship Question

Joyce joined 30 philanthropic organizations in signing onto a friend-of-the-court brief urging the Court to strike down the Citizenship question from the 2020 Census.