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Charmaine Davis

State Director of the Georgia Chapter of 9to5 Working Women

Charmaine Davis is originally from Lorain, Ohio. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2005 with a BA in both Political Science and African American Studies.

In 2006 Charmaine began her career as a Political Organizer for the national organization Project Vote. The first campaign Charmaine worked on was the Minimum Wage campaign in Columbus, Ohio. She recruited, trained and managed a staff of over 40 field canvassers who collected over 250,000 petition signatures from registered voters in Ohio who supported raising the state minimum wage. The initiative made it on the Ohio ballot in 2006.

Charmaine helped to mobilize Ohio voters to vote in favor of it. As a result of Charmaine’s work the Ohio minimum wage was increased from $5.15 to $6.85. This was a huge victory for low-wage workers.

In 2007 as a community organizer in Flint, Michigan, Charmaine built the membership of Young Urban Voters, a branch of Project Vote, to over 2,500 members. She worked with and developed many young adults into active community leaders through one-on-one meetings and mentoring. Later in 2007, she was promoted to national staff with Project Vote; she managed several voter registration drives across the country that registered more than 1 million voters. In 2008 Project Vote named her Political Organizer of the Year.

In 2010 Charmaine moved to Atlanta to become the State Director for the Georgia chapter of 9to5, The National Association of Working Women. As State Director for 9to5 she has help lead the effort to pass the Family Care Act, a piece of legislation that will allow workers to use their sick days to care for a child, spouse or parent without being penalized. In spring of 2011 Charmaine worked with 9to5 members to launch Atlanta’s Ban the Box campaign. Ban the Box is a campaign to end employment discrimination against the formerly incarcerated by removing questions from employment applications inquiring about an individual’s criminal history.

In January of 2013 in response to 9to5’s organizing efforts led by Charmaine the city of Atlanta made history by becoming the first city in Georgia to remove all questions regarding an applicant’s background from city of Atlanta applications.

Charmaine currently holds the following offices: Chair of the Georgia Job/ Family Collaborative, Community Chair of Atlanta Jobs with Justice, Board member of Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions WAND, Board member and secretary of Family Values at Work, and Steering Committee member of Georgia State Table Pro Georgia. Charmaine is a devout Christian who serves as an active member of Word of Faith Prison ministry.

Through her work and affiliations, Charmaine continues to help build a movement to achieve economic justice by organizing directly affected workers to improve their working conditions.

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