Leigh Davis

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Biography

How are you involved in the community?
Vice-Chair, Great Barrington Selectboard, Town of Great Barrington

Development Director, Construct (nonprofit provider of affordable housing and supportive services in South Berkshire County)

Board of Directors, Saint James Place Cultural Center, Great Barrington

Board Member, Community Preservation Committee, Town of Great Barrington

Vice-Chair, Economic Development Committee, Town of Great Barrington

Member, Great Barrington Land Conservancy


Why did you decide to get involved in the Blackshires Initiative?
The small population and inadequate representation of Blacks in the Berkshires is a concern for me. The collective efforts of the Blackshires to elevate, empower, enrich, and expand the black voice in the Berkshires is a movement I am proud to be a part of.



What are your areas of focus for the Blackshires?
Political Representation
Advocacy and Education
Community Engagement
Economic Development
Women and Youth Empowerment



Why are you an expert in the field?
Political Representation / Local Government: (current position as Vice-Chair, GB Selectboard, led the movement in GB for Home Rule legislation which made it to the State House

Fundraising: (current position as Development Director at Construct)

Marketing: (former positions as Director of Marketing at The Berkshire Eagle and Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. Also, former Hollywood studio film editor in LA and Ireland)

Economic Development: (Former position as Director of Development of Eagle Mill Redevelopment in Lee, MA & former Vice-Chair of the Economic Development Committee, Town of Great Barrington

Education, Women & Youth Empowerment: (Single mom to three teens & former tenured professor for ten years in Ireland)


What do you do for the Blackshires?
Leadership Circle Member
To Be Determined…


What’s your favorite thing about the Berkshires?
Quality of Life (if I had to pick one)
Respect for the Environment and Open Space
Entrepreneurial Energy
High Level of Citizen Engagement

What’s your favorite place to eat?
Tangier Cafe (Great Barrington)

What are you excited about right now?

Seeing the Blackshires take off and make a real impact
My newly elected position as Vice-Chair of the Great Barrington Selectboard
My daughter studying political science at George Washington University

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