West Care Foundation
Beverly Watts Davis
Senior Vice-President for Texas Operations, and Chief Officer of Resource Development and Program Support, West Care Foundation
Beverly Watts Davis is the Chief Officer for Grant Development and Program Support and the Senior Vice President for Texas Operations. As a member of the Executive Leadership team, Beverly Watts Davis is responsible for supervising and motivating an eleven-member grant development staff that serves all of WestCare’s States and U.S. Territories. She has over 40 years of experience in leading and managing public agencies, non-profit organizations, and private companies and is responsible for acquiring over $600 million in grant revenue over her career. In addition, she serves as the Senior Vice President for Texas where she is responsible for the implementation of WestCare programs and contracts to improve behavioral health, empower community residents, and reduce trauma in San Antonio and Laredo, Texas.
Prior to joining WestCare, she served at the Senior Executive Service level of the federal government as the Director of a Federal Agency, Director at the San Antonio Housing Authority, Executive Director of San Antonio Fighting Back, Inc. non-profit corporation, Senior Vice President of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, Business owner, and an elected official for 11 years. As a Federal Government Executive, she developed the Strategic Prevention Framework which now serves as the framework for prevention programs at SAMHSA and implemented both the Drug-free Communities Program and STOP Act Underage drinking programs. She led efforts to establish the first Tribal Consultation Policy at SAMHSA, helped developed the Demand Reduction program for the National Guard, established the Prevention Fellows program, lead the national effort to provide Rapid HIV-testing to substance abuse and mental health treatment programs, and served as the Co-Chair of the White House Disparities Subcommittee to develop the current National HIV/AIDS Strategy. She served on the Texas Task Force for State and Local Drug Control that spearheaded efforts to fund the first 12,000 behavioral health treatment beds in Texas prisons. She also helped to pass the Drug-free Communities Act and STOP Underage Drinking Act legislation which have funded over 7000 communities to prevent substance abuse among youth and the related community harm.
Ms. Watts Davis has received numerous local, state, and national recognitions. She has been presented with the prestigious Martin Luther King Living The Dream Award by the Baptist Ministers Union and was selected as a Distinguished Alumni by her alma mater, Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She also received three Secretariat Awards for Distinguished Service from the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to federal service, she was selected by the Attorney General of the United States as the first Texan to receive the Volunteer of the Year Award and awarded the Gould-Wysinger Award (highest award given for juvenile justice prevention). She was awarded with the National Faith-Based and Community Leadership Award by SAMHSA, the PRIDE National Youth Leadership Award, and the National Prevention Network Achievement Award. She has been inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame and was honored by the San Antonio Bar Foundation with the prestigious PEACEMAKER Award. She has received the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director’s Award for Community Leadership, the Department of Defense (DOD) Commander’s Award for Outstanding Leadership, the National Crime Prevention Council’s “Outstanding Citizen Advocate Award”, and the Austin, Texas Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Minority Business Entrepreneur of the Year.
Ms. Watts Davis has served in many leadership capacities to include current service as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ella Austin Community Center. She served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, National Prevention Partnership, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), the National Crime Prevention Council, the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, the National Family Partnership, the National Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Higher Education, the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Texas, Business-Investment-Growth (BIG) Austin, and the Texas Mental Health Association.
Ms. Watts Davis has a Bachelor Degree from Trinity University with a triple major in Political Science, Social Sciences, and Economics and a Master Degree from Webster University in Human Resources Management.