Karen L. Davis, ABD, is in the dissertation phase of a PhD in Anthropology from Temple University, where she earned a graduate certificate in disability studies from its Institute on Disability in 2006. Ms. Davis consults as a principal investigator, project evaluator, proposal writer, writer and content editor for universities and nonprofit organizations. (Her longest term consulting arrangement has been with The Catholic University of America.)
In spring 2016, she completed 7+ years as PI on Project Peer with funding from the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence against Women. Focused on expanding supports to help women with disabilities heal from experiences of sexual or domestic violence (SV/DV), the project’s Women’s Knowledge Development work group continues without outside funding. (The project received two awards from OVW.
The work group’s members are women with developmental disabilities and/or mental health issues who have survived SV/DV.) Ms. Davis has authored, co-authored and “ghosted” peer-reviewed, published articles in anthropology, special/inclusive education and early childhood education. Before becoming a consultant in 2001, she was Director of Sponsored Projects and Strategic Initiatives, and prior to that Director of Development and Community Affairs, at the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute, a regional disability services provider.
Prior to that, she provided Washington representation for the undergraduate liberal arts colleges that are members of the Great Lakes Colleges Association and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. Earlier, she worked in public relations for national trade associations and as a travel writer. Ms. Davis earned a bachelor of arts with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, and a master of science from the University of Southern California – European Degree Programs.
In October, 2017, Ms. Davis joined the board of the DC Rape Crisis Center. Since 2012, she has served on the President’s Council of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. She just recently completed a seven-year term on the Advisory Council of the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute and previously was on the board of DC Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, also for seven years. There she chaired the Program & Policy Committee and served on the Executive and Finance-Investment Committees. (She continues today as an active member of the P&P committee.)
Ms. Davis has also served on the board of the Capitol Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, where she co-chaired the major gifts committee, and she has chaired the national development committee of TASH, the disability advocacy organization. Ms. Davis has been married to Clark T. Madigan for 33 years. They have one daughter, Caithlin Tara Madigan, a 2011 graduate of Stanford University, who currently works for the Governor of New York.