Dave Davis

Executive Director - Neighborhood and Community Relations

northwestern university

When did you join the YJC Board?

I joined the YJC Board in 2015.

Why did you join the YJC Board?

I joined the YJC board because the organization has been effective in helping the most vulnerable young people in Evanston and beyond find their first jobs and learn essential life skills. Additionally, the YJC is made up of incredibly talented people who care deeply about advancing the YJC’s mission.

What is your occupation?

I serve as the Executive Director of Neighborhood and Community Relations at Northwestern University.

What was your first job?

I started my first job when I was 15 years old at Judy’s Bakery in Evanston.

What did you learn from your first job?

I learned the importance of promptness, courtesy, and maintaining a positive mental attitude, regardless of the situation. However, the lesson that resonates with me most stems from a conversation I had with my manager about the importance of being a “finisher.” He explained that it’s always easy and exciting to start something new, but the real test is sticking with what you started over the long haul and accomplishing your goals. Finishing strong is what really makes you successful in life. People remember how you finish, not how you started.