Isaiah 6:8

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Why am I running?

“I am running as an answer to a calling! Like Isaiah in 6:8 when the Lord asked “Whom shall I send?” I am raising my hand, saying Lord, send me!”

Ozie Davis III

Ozie Davis III

Ozie Davis III is a lifelong Avondale resident having moved back to the street he was born on after graduate and law school at Indiana University. As proprietor of Ozie Davis & Associates, Davis has contracted with County, City, and private agencies creating relationships through Community Engagement and Advocacy.  His Non Profit Management experience includes being the Founding Executive Director of the Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation.  Davis served in the 100th Congress as Congressman Steve Driehaus’ Community Liaison where he spent two years working with African-American, Faith Based, Latino, and African communities in Ohio’s First Congressional district. Prior to that, Davis spent five years in the field of Community Development as a Program Officer at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). While at LISC, Davis was fortunate to work on Housing, Safety, Education, Workforce Development, Commercial Development, Community Organizing, and other community based initiatives.

Davis served a term on the board of Cincinnati’s Citizens Complaint Authority and on the Open Cincinnati Action Team, as well as the City’s Healthy Food Access Task Force. Davis is an active member of the Avondale Community Council, where he co-founded the Avondale Youth Council and Residents United for a Better Avondale (RUFABA). Davis is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati Class 38 and the Urban League’s African American Leadership Development Class 14, as well as the Executive Service Corps Executive Leadership Institute. Davis is a proud graduate of the Grassroots Leadership Academy and its Train the Trainer Program.

Davis is a board member of the Community Development Corporation Association of Greater Cincinnati. He is a member of Rockdale Academy’s Local School Decision Making Committee, and volunteers for the United Way’s Program Review Committee and its 211 Advisory Council. He founded the Queen City Youth Development Program, a program for 13-18yr old inner city student athletes which has amassed over 100 scholarships for athletes in the last fifteen years. Having a long athletic background at Walnut Hills High School and Miami University before earning a Masters in Applied Sports Science, Davis serves as the Sports Editor for the Cincinnati Herald, the City’s African American weekly.

Davis’ greatest commitment is to wife Beverly and teenage son, Ozie Davis IV.