Our Team

Samantha Paige Davis is Founder & Executive Director of the Black Swan Academy.  She believes that everyone has the innate ability to succeed, but they must be given the opportunity to do so. When she was just 25, Samantha founded BSA, to create a pipeline to civic leadership for Black youth  who are committed to improving themselves, their communities, and the world around them. 

She is the former field engagement manager for YWCA USA, where she has developed a new state-level advocacy initiative, a nationwide get out the vote effort and mobilized over 200 associations to do racial and gender justice work. Her leadership on a number of D.C. city-wide coalitions and as the former senior advocacy and community specialist of SOME (So Others Might Eat), has resulted in legislative and budgetary improvements for a variety of support programs including SNAP (food stamps) and affordable housing. 

Samantha has her Master in Public Policy from American University. Her work has been recognized by American University, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, and the National Urban League. 

She can be contacted at sdavis@blackswanacademy.org.

Malaika Jovis
Program Manager

Kawanza Billy
Hart Middle School- Cohort Lead

Rachelle Downs
Kramer Middle School- Cohort Lead

Jade Yates
Sousa Middle School- Cohort Lead

Dion Harrison
9th-10th Grade High School- Cohort Lead

Board of Directors

Chanon Bell
Jessica Fulton
Charis Goff
Emile Washington
Warren Seay
Elisha Rhodes
Jonathan Stith
Storme Gray
Amoretta Morris
April Johnson

Black Swan Academy is a 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts are deductible to the full extent allowable under IRS regulations.