Precious Davis is lauded internationally as an award winning diversity advocate, communications professional and public speaker. She currently is the Deputy Press Secretary for the Beyond Coal Campaign at Sierra Club for the Midwest region.
She previously served for 3 years as the Assistant Director of Diversity Recruitment Initiatives at Columbia College Chicago , her alma mater from which she received a BA in Liberal Arts. Precious implemented the campus wide diversity initiative and under her tenure provided leadership and oversight of national diversity recruitment and strategic policy initiatives.
Davis finds deep meaning in engaging individuals in conversations surrounding bias, bigotry, and prejudice in their communities on the basis and belief that humans can coexist with one another positively through the embracing of each other’s differences and the celebrating of each others human diversity. With over 15 years of diversity training, leadership development, and social justice education experience Precious is a highly demanded speaker and panelist who has been featured at: University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Reed College, University of Michigan, The Chicago Community Trust, Hampshire College, James Madison University, and the University of Cambridge.
With passions in fashion photography, queer performance ,and youth empowerment, Precious served for 3 years as the Youth Outreach Coordinator at The Midwest largest LGBT community center: Center on Halsted. Her work at the Center on Halsted involved and coordinated Youth programming surrounding HIV prevention, Transgender advocacy and LGBT leadership development. Under Precious' tenure she launched and coordinated a 1.6 million CDC grant which provided outreach, education, and testing services to over 3000 young African American and Latino MSM between the ages of 13 and 29.
Precious is known for her dynamic story and remarkable presence. Such story tells the testimony of a young woman who searched long and hard to identity with her body, soul and how multiple experiences created pivotal sustainable moments that ultimately would create a path of transition. Precious’s testimony is a word in due season that resiliently shows the shamanic creative power of healing that exist in pain, beauty, and transition. Through the appreciation of diverse marginalized narratives in history, and the retelling of such narratives, Precious locates herself and juxtaposes that which is complex in order to ultimately find the inner power within us all.
As a native Nebraskan she has never lost her Midwestern charm. Precious also serves as a facilitator and associate with The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, About Face Youth Theatre, The National Conference for Community and Justice STL, Chicago House, and Lurie Children's Life Skills program.
Precious is a true renaissance woman for the ages; She had the honor of being invited to the White House LGBTQ Pride reception to meet President Obama in 2015, curated the season opener "Transmopolitan Transgender Resilient" for OUT at The Chicago History Museum, collaborated with with Miley Cyrus' Happy Hippy Foundation and Instagram in support of ending LGBTQ youth homelessness and most recently married Myles Brady. Precious is a resident of Hyde Park in Chicago.