Michellene Davis is the Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of RWJBarnabas Health, the 15th largest healthcare system in the nation. At RWJBarnabas Health, she leads Social Impact and Community Investment. In this capacity, she oversees the areas of Policy Development and Governmental and External Affairs, Healthy Living and Community and Employee Wellness and Engagement, and Global Health.
Michellene joined RWJBarnabas Health, formerly known as the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, in 2009 and was quickly promoted to Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs. She was the first woman and the first person of color to ascend to Executive Vice President in the institution’s history. Always a trailblazer, Michellene created the RWJBarnabas Health Women’s Leadership Alliance and the Institute for Corporate Internship where she helps to direct strategic policy decisions and strengthens the System’s position with state and federal elected officials and agencies.
Before joining RWJBarnabas Health, Michellene was the first African American to serve as Chief Policy Counsel to former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine. She was also the first African American to serve as the Acting New Jersey State Treasurer. Prior to the Treasury, Michellene led the $2.4 billion New Jersey Lottery as the youngest Executive Director and CEO in the organization’s history, and she served as a senior policy advisor in the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.
Michellene is also the President of Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ), the leading senior-level executive women’s organization that is committed to increasing the presence of women serving on corporate boards and in the senior governance of New Jersey companies. Founded in 1980, EWNJ is also the largest provider of scholarships to women who are non-traditional graduate students. Since inception, the organization’s Graduate Merit Award Program has allocated over $1.2 million to women pursuing advanced degrees at colleges and universities in New Jersey.
Michellene has received national recognition for her professional accomplishments. She was named to the 2017 NJBIZ Power 100 Business list, the 2015 NJBIZ Power 50 Health Care list, and she was ranked by NJBIZ as New Jersey’s top lobbyist in the healthcare industry. Additionally, she was named by PolitickerNJ as one of the most politically powerful people in New Jersey for 2 years in a row.
In 2016, Michellene received the Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Award from U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and was also the recipient of the Corporate Sector Award from the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association. Previously, she was named the 2015 LUPE Amiga of the Year, 2014 Business Advocate of the Year by the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and she was selected as one of The Network Journal’s 2014 Top 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business.
Michellene is also active in her civic community. She serves as a member of the Board of Governors of Rowan University – Rutgers Camden; a member of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Women’s Board; a member of the Board of Directors of the Caucus Educational Trust; and a Trustee of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus Foundation.
Michellene began her legal career as a trial litigator. She is an Honors graduate of Seton Hall University, she and holds a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall School of Law.