Biography Traci Davis, Superintendent of Schools
As superintendent of the Washoe County School District (WCSD) in Reno, NV, Traci Davis serves more than 64,000 students, their families, and more than 8,000 employees. Her transformational and passionate educational leadership has resulted in sweeping gains in student achievement and performance as the District works toward its goal of “Every Child, By Name and Face, to Graduation.”
Superintendent Davis was appointed to her current role in 2014 after serving as deputy superintendent for two years in Washoe County. She has worked to forge strong relationships with the community and within the District while maintaining an intense focus on improving academic performance, increasing the graduation rate, and narrowing gaps in achievement among student groups. Her advocacy on behalf of all Nevada children provided powerful support for historic statewide legislation that was passed during the state legislative sessions of 2015, 2017, and 2019.
Prior to joining the Washoe County School District, Superintendent Davis worked for 16 years in the Clark County School District in southern Nevada, where she served in a variety of roles including teacher, Title I interventionist, assistant principal, principal, and area superintendent. During her tenure, she developed programs to increase student achievement and implemented programming to target predicted high school dropouts in an attempt to help them reach their academic goals and earn their diploma.
During her distinguished career as an educator, she has worked in a variety of schools ranging from at-promise to affluent, high-achieving to failing, and has helped transform learning environments in elementary-, middle- and high schools. She believes that we should have high academic expectations for all students so they graduate ready for college, careers, or military service. As the chief executive officer of the District, she oversees the day-to-day activities of WCSD, provides support to the Board of Trustees and manages the District’s Strategic Plan in support of the goals established by the Board.
Superintendent Davis was awarded the Nevada National Distinguished Principal Award in 2011 for her efforts to transform an at-promise school to a high-achieving school in Clark County. She was named among “10 Women to Watch” by Nevada Business Magazine, and was a finalist for the Sierra Nevada Powerful Women Awards 2018, sponsored by Northern Nevada Business Weekly.
Citing her “tireless commitment to equity by ensuring the best education for all students, especially those who are poor or minority,” the National School Superintendents Association (AASA) has awarded Washoe County School District Superintendent Traci Davis the Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award for 2019. This prestigious honor is given to national leaders who champion equity and excellence in education.
Superintendent Davis serves on a host of local and national boards that improve social and academic outcomes for all students. In 2018, she was appointed to a three year term to the National School Superintendents Association (AASA) national executive board, serving as the first African American woman.
Superintendent Davis received certification as an Educational Specialist from Nova Southeastern University with a focus on school administration; a master’s degree in educational technology from Lesley University, and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She continued her professional education by attaining certification through the AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy in 2015.
As a native Nevadan, Superintendent Davis is committed to encouraging and empowering fellow educators to become transformational education leaders, and closing achievement gaps for all students.
Her motto is simple: “Achievement is not a place, it is a belief!”Contact
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