Michele A. Davis is the Global Head of Corporate Affairs at Morgan Stanley with responsibility for media relations, internal communications and philanthropy. She is also a member of the Firm's Management Committee.
Between 2001 and 2009, Michele served in a number of senior communications positions in the U.S. Treasury Department, Fannie Mae, and the White House. Among her posts in the Bush White House, Michele served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Communications. In her last government position, she served as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Director of Policy Planning in the U.S. Department of Treasury for former Secretary Hank Paulson. She was also a senior member of the Treasury team addressing the Financial crisis of 2007–2009.
She was later a Partner at the Brunswick Group, a global corporate communications advisory firm.
Early life and education
She began working as an advocate for free market economics at Citizens for a Sound Economy from 1991 to 1994. From 1997 to January 2001, Michele served as Communications Director for the House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas), during which time she advised Congressional leadership on communications strategy for the House agenda.
Years in the U.S. Department of Treasury and Fannie Mae
Michele Davis was nominated by President George W. Bush to be Assistant Treasury Secretary for Public Affairs on February 8, 2001. She was then confirmed by a unanimous vote by the U.S. Senate on August 3, 2001 and sworn in by Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill on August 7, 2001. In this role, Davis was "the Department's lead representative for media, business, professional trade organizations, consumer groups and the public." Davis also oversaw the Office of Public Liaison and the Office of Public Education.
Davis did not stay in the Treasury Department for long, however. She soon went on to work as the Senior Vice President for Regulatory Policy at Fannie Mae in 2002, where she was "responsible for the company's public policy research activities and policy development on a wide range of issues related to mortgage financing and the capital markets" and assumed the duties of "managing the company's relationship with its regulators." Her predecessor at Fannie Mae, Arne L. Christenson, moved on to a new position as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and head of American Express Company's Washington, DC office.
In 2005, Michele was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Global Outreach.
Mitt Romney presidential campaign
On August 2, 2012, Davis was hired by the Mitt Romney presidential campaign as a corporate public relations specialist to help guide their response to questions about Romney's time in the private sector with Bain Capital.
- Bloomberg, April 29, 2013 - http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-29/morgan-stanley-hires-bush-white-house-s-davis-for-communications.html
- American Action Network, Michele Davis.
- PR Newswire, Fannie Mae Announces Departure of Arne Christenson; Michele Davis To Serve as Acting Senior Vice President - Regulatory Policy
- New York Times January 12, 2002
- Buzzfeed, Romney Hires PR Vet To Bite Back on Bain Attacks