Joseph "Gray" Davis offers a combination of experience, insight and perspective following a long and distinguished career in California government. He is a trusted advisor to his clients, including companies, nonprofits, research institutes and universities as well as primary and secondary schools. He provides a strategic approach to solving complex issues given the extensive knowledge he has gained over his 30 plus years of public service.
Governor Davis has been sought after by numerous media publications – including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Politico, NPR, CNN, Newsweek and Bloomberg – as a well-respected thought leader on California and federal politics.
Governor Davis was overwhelmingly elected the 37th governor of California in 1998, winning 58 percent of the vote. As Governor, he made education a top priority, signing legislation to strengthen California's K-12 system, increasing accountability in schools, and expanding access to higher education with a record number of scholarships and college loans. These reforms improved student achievement scores for six consecutive years.
While presiding over California during an economic expansion, Governor Davis made record investments in infrastructure, created four Centers of Science and Innovation on UC campuses, and expanded state health insurance for an additional one million children. He also was the first Governor in the nation to authorize stem cell research. As Governor, he demonstrated bold environmental leadership by signing the first law in the nation to reduce global warming and greenhouse gases. He also created the first Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Registry, and was the first to establish the nation's most ambitious commitment to renewable energy by creating the statewide Renewables Portfolio Standard. Despite a wave of Republican victories across the nation in 2002, Governor Davis was re-elected to a second term.
To view an archive of his gubernatorial accomplishments, please visit the Governor Gray Davis’ Digital Library Web site at www.gray-davis.com.
Governor Davis is also a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, and regularly speaks before various academic and civic groups. Governor Davis was the Keynote speaker at the Columbia Law School Graduation Ceremony in May of 2009. Additionally, Governor Davis serves on several civic boards, including Governor Newsom's Economic Recovery Task Force (2020), the Saban Free Clinic, the Southern California Leadership Council, and the UCLA Healthcare Advisory Board. Most recently, Governor Davis served on the Independent Oversight Committee, alongside Former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, and Former Small Business Administrator, Maria Contreras-Sweet, overseeing the non-adversarial claims administration and settlements for victim/survivors of childhood clergy sexual abuse.
- Columbia University School of Law, J.D.
- Stanford University, A.B., With Distinction
- Named among "Most Influential People in Los Angeles," Los Angeles Business Journal LA 500 (2018)
Distinguished Policy Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Affairs
- Served on Governor Newsom’s Economic Recovery Task Force (2020)
- Serving as co-chair of the Southern California Leadership Council (Kaiser Permanente, Cedar Sinai, and LA Care, among other leading Southern California businesses)
- Serving on UCLA Healthcare Advisory Board
- Member, Southern California Leadership Council