Founder @ Social Impact Strategies
South African-born and Brooklyn-raised, Mona Davids is known to most New Yorkers for her education advocacy as the President of the New York Charter Parents Association and the New York City Parents Union. Learn more about Mona’s advocacy on her personal website MonaDavids.com
As a result of her advocacy work, communications and consulting expertise, Mona has cultivated excellent relationships with elected officials, editorial boards, think tanks, education reporters, political reporters and bloggers.
Mona is recognized as a valuable and reliable source on education, political, community and labor related issues.
An expert on the Africa Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) – working closely with the U.S. Commercial Service and in partnership with multi-national banks, including JP Morgan Chase and CitiCorp – Mona has organized investment conferences on AGOA and the former Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) now the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) in the U.S. and Africa.
Mona has sponsored multiple international trade and networking events in New York City, including the 70th Anniversary of World Trade Week and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s “Brooklyn Goes Global.” Mona also negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding between the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce & Industry, resulting in joint trade and networking events between Tanzanian and Brooklyn companies.
Prior to starting her own company in 2003, Mona worked for Dutch companies Schiphol USA Inc. — on their successful Build Operate Train Transfer (BOTT) for JFK Airport’s Terminal Four — and MeesPierson Investment Bank.
Mona has appeared on CNN, NBC Nightly News, Fox News, NY1, ABC7 News, Fox 5 NY, WCBS Channel 2 News, WABC Channel 4 News and Al Jazeera News. Mona has been quoted by the NY Times, NY Daily News, NY Post, TIME Magazine, NY Post, Legislative Gazette and other papers throughout the country.