Originally appointed chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) by Mayor Bill de Blasio in April 2018, Rev. Frederick Davie was jointly re-appointed by Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson in May 2020. Mr. Davie is also a member of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Clergy Advisory Council (CAC). He is co-convener of the CAC’s public safety committee, with a focus on community safety and improving police-community relations. Mr. Davie also currently serves as the Executive Vice President of the Union Theological Seminary (UTS) in the City of New York – a position he has held since August 15, 2011. In this capacity, Mr. Davie is UTS’ chief administrative officer and serves as an advisor to the President for the structure and administration of the executive office, strategic planning, institutional advancement, and vision implementation. Prior to serving as UTS’ Executive Vice President, Mr. Davie served as Interim Executive Director and Senior Director of the Social Justice and LGBT Programs at the Arcus Foundation, where he managed the Foundation’s grant making budget and supervised the implementation of the Foundation’s funding strategy for social justice and LGBT programs.
Mr. Davie has spent his entire career dedicated to non-profit work and public service. Mr. Davie served on President Barack Obama’s transition team, and later accepted an appointment by President Obama to the White House Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Mr. Davie has also served in several leadership roles in public administration for the City of New York, including Deputy Borough President of Manhattan, and Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Community and Public Affairs, and Chief of Staff to the President of the NYC Board of Education.
Mr. Davie also has extensive experience in senior-level roles in philanthropic and social and economic justice organizations, including Public/Private Ventures and the Ford Foundation. At Public/Private Ventures, Mr. Davie served as President and CEO, promoted from Senior Vice President. As SVP, Mr. Davie developed a model national program for the successful re-entry of former offenders and delivered a White House keynote address on the same in 2007. As a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, Mr. Davie developed a national program to support local faith-based and community juvenile justice programs to reduce rates of incarceration and recidivism.
A Presbyterian minister in the Presbytery of New York City, Mr. Davie has served the national Presbyterian Church, the NYC presbytery and local congregations in various volunteer capacities.
M. Div., Yale Divinity School; B.A., Greensboro College