Tawan W. Davis

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Tawan W. Davis (born July 11, 1979) is Chief Investment Officer of The Peebles Corporation and an Adjunct Instructor at the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Davis was born in 1979 in Tacoma, Washington, but he grew up in Portland, Oregon, where he was raised by his single mother, Sylvia.[3]

Davis attended Lincoln High School, where he was the first African American elected as student body president. In 2001, Davis received a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University, with honors in Political Economy; he was also student body President.[4] Davis earned a Masters of Sciences in Sociology from England's Oxford University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.[5]

Business career[edit]

Davis began his career as an Analyst with Goldman, Sachs & Co. There, he concentrated on mergers, acquisitions and financing of large publicly traded companies.[6]

Davis then became an investment manager at Prudential Investment Managers where he managed real estate, private equity investments and joint ventures in the United States and Europe.[6]

Davis then served as a Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).[7] NYCEDC is involved with rebuilding of the World Trade Center among other development across New York.[8] Davis used underutilized assets and alternative finance to help with the City's infrastructure. Davis worked with Mayor Michael Bloomberg on a large land transaction for a new cancer research center for Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital and a new nursing school for the City University of New York;[9] It disposed of land-marked downtown Manhattan assets for private redevelopment. Other work included mixed use development in Uptown Manhattan, which will feature a new national headquarters for the National Urban League and a Civil Rights Museum.[10]

In 2013, Davis negotiated the sale of the landmarked 346 Broadway to The Peebles Corporation for $160 million on behalf of the City of New York.[11][12]

Before Davis became the Chief Investment Officer of The Peebles Corporation he sought the opinion of the city of New York's Conflict of Interest Board.[1] The COI Board sent a formal letter stating that there was no conflict and that Mr. Davis was able to make the move.[13]

Academic career[edit]

Davis has taught, lectured, and participated on panels at colleges, universities and think tanks throughout the United States. He has also written about the global business and financial climate, economic stratification, and real estate trends.[citation needed]

Davis is an Adjunct Instructor of Finance at New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He is directly affiliated with NYU's Shack Institute of Real Estate. At NYU, Davis teaches about Corporate Finance, Microeconomics, Real Estate Finance and Financial Mathematics.[14]

Community involvement[edit]

Davis serves as an Associate Minister at the Historic Kelly Temple Church of Harlem and as a member of the Boards of Directors of the Friends of Harlem Hospital, and the New Horizons Children's Advocacy Corporation.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b http://peeblescorp.com/leadership/#
  2. ^ http://www.scps.nyu.edu/content/scps/faculty/faculty-profile.html?id=13877&name=Tawan-Davis
  3. ^ "40 Under Forty Class of 2013". The Network Journal. The Network Journal. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Howard Fineman (July 16, 2000). "Generation Y's First Vote". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  5. ^ a b Tawan Davis, Board of Advisors. "Tawan Davis, Board of Advisors | New Horizons Corporations". Newhorizonscorporation.org. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  7. ^ Kazis, Noah (December 5, 2011). "Public-Private Partnerships Won't Solve New York's Transpo Funding Crisis". streetsblog.com. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "New York City Taps Emerging Business Leader to Lead Significant Big Ticket Projects". Free-press-release.com. 2011-07-30. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  9. ^ "NYC.gov". NYC.gov. 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  10. ^ "National Urban League HQ and Civil Rights Museum Coming to Harlem - Central Harlem - DNAinfo.com New York". Dnainfo.com. 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  11. ^ http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/084-13/mayor-bloomberg-agreement-sell-two-city-owned-buildings-reduce-office-space-and#/1
  12. ^ "Developer selected for $330 million Back Bay project". Boston Globe. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  13. ^ Hawley, Wayne. "Conflicts of Interest Board Case No. 2014-326". New York City Conflict of Interest Board. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  14. ^ NYUSCPS. "Tawan Davis, Adjunct Instructor". www.nyu.edu. New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Retrieved 9 July 2013.