Keandra Davis is a Miami, FL native and earned her Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies from the University of Florida. She later earned her Master of Public Administration from the Askew School at Florida State University. Keandra’s passion grew from her devout interest in community engagement and personal curiosities of the structural, geographic, and economical levels of governmental neglect and blight in various urban communities, local businesses and well-being in urban Miami growing up in Allapattah; an inner city in Miami, FL neighboring Liberty City. Keandra’s passion in public service first developed when she served as an Intern for City Commissioner Charles Goston in Gainesville, FL and as a volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club and American Cancer Society Relay for Life in 2017. During her graduate career in 2018, Keandra catapulted in her involvement in legislative and public service affairs as a Legislative Intern for the County Administrator’s Office, Legislative Intern for The Florida House of Representatives Minority Office under the leadership of Minority Leader Kionne McGhee, and Analyst Intern for Community Human Service Partnership in Tallahassee, FL. These experiences only confirmed her purpose in bringing change to underrepresented communities. Keandra served as the President of the Public Administration Graduate Association for the academic year 2019-2020 at the Askew School and was awarded the Education Scholarship from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. In addition to policy endeavors, Keandra has also written a publication relating to the mitigation efforts of gentrification in urban areas for the Wicked Problems, Wicked Solutions blog. She was also a featured author on an FSU publication that focused on determining the implications Covid-19 had on Florida residents across racial/ethnic demographics, and school populations on a county level. Keandra enjoys being an advocate in her community through her various service roles as a Campaign Assistant for Representative Dotie Joseph District 108, Research Assistant for Commissioner Kionne McGhee, and involvement with the Miami Chapter of NAACP. Keandra is most passionate about improving policies that negatively impact residents in low income communities and implementing policy reform in urban communities through comprehensive data driven research. She plans to use these research skills to transform urban communities through policy and community engagement. In her free time, Keandra enjoys adding new items to her baking quest and enjoying the waves at the beach.
Passions: Public Policy, Community Engagement, and Urban Policy