McDONOUGH — Henry County Schools Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis is one of the newest members of the national nonprofit Chiefs for Change.

The organization “is a bipartisan network of diverse state and district education chiefs dedicated to preparing all students for today’s world and tomorrow’s through deeply committed leadership. Chiefs for Change advocates for policies and practices that are making a difference today for students, and builds a pipeline of talented, diverse future chiefs ready to lead major school systems.”

Davis is part of a group of eight additional members joining 40 members from around the country.

“This is a difficult time for our country: The COVID-19 pandemic, incidents of racist violence, and widespread economic hardship are taking a toll on children and families,” said Chiefs for Change Board Chair and San Antonio Independent School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez. “The eight people we recently welcomed into membership are bold, thoughtful leaders who understand the power of education to improve lives. They are deeply committed to supporting all students in this moment and beyond.”

In the wake of the coronavirus, the chiefs and their teams are working to address the multi-faceted challenges of the pandemic and ensure students continue to learn. Chiefs for Change created communities of practice where members meet virtually to discuss the work in their systems. Through a partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers and the consulting group McKinsey & Company, Chiefs for Change is supporting members as they respond to COVID-19. Webinars and related resources are available in the network’s digital report, Schools and COVID-19: How Districts and State Education Systems are Responding to the Pandemic. Chiefs for Change also collaborated with the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy on a report that outlines relevant research and provides key recommendations for reopening K-12 schools.

For more information about the organization, visit

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