Michellene Davis, Esq., serves as the Senior Vice President for Policy Development and Government Affairs for the Saint Barnabas HealthCare System. St. Barnabas Healthcare System is NJ's largest healthcare system with over two million patient encounters and nearly 5000 doctors it is also the state's second largest private employer with over 18,000 employees.
In her current role, Michellene serves as policy advisor and counselor to the President and CEO on the development and implementation of the organization's political engagement strategy with federal, state and local elected officials, regulatory agencies and key policymakers. She is responsible for the evaluation of pending legislation and develops the organization's response to legislation. She proactively builds relationships with federal, state and local authorities, regulatory agency heads and key policymakers; develops government affairs strategies; enhances the organization's image among authorities. Michellene is also a frequent requested speaker and represents the organization in front of key community, health, faith-based and civic organizations.
Prior to joining the St. Barnabas System, Ms. Davis served as Chief Policy Counsel to former New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine. As the Governor’s Chief Policy Counsel, Ms. Davis provided oversight of the development and implementation of the Governor’s policy initiatives. She served as Senior Special Counsel from 2008-2009, advising on issues ranging from education to urban redevelopment and from crime prevention to judicial and prosecutorial appointments.
As the State Treasurer, Michellene was responsible for administrating a state budget of over 30 billion dollars, a department of over 6,500 people and a state pension investment portfolio of $70 billion. In this position, Ms. Davis established the New Jersey Department of the Treasury’s Office of Supplier Diversity and Division of Minority and Women owned businesses. In years prior, Michellene served as the youngest director of the New Jersey Lottery and as a Senior Policy Advisor in the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. She is a lawyer by training and is an Honors graduate of Seton Hall University and holds a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law.
Ms. Davis was a 2006 recipient of the New Jersey State Bar Association/Garden State Bar Association Professional Lawyer of the Year Award and the 2008 Association of Black Women Lawyers Young Lawyer of the Year Award. She was a recipient of the 2009 The Network Journal “Forty under 40 Award”, the Garden State Bar Association 2009 “Roger M. Yancey” Award and the 2009 National Council of Negro Women “Bethune Recognition” Award, the Babyland Family Services, Inc.’s 2010 “Martha Palmer Chaneyfield” Award, the Honorable Sheila Oliver’s 2011 “Shirley Chisholm” Award, the 2011 New Jersey Primary Care Association “Health Advocates” Award and the Esther Project’s 2011 “Women in White Community Advocacy” Award.
Ms. Davis is also active in her civic community and is a member of the NAACP, the Urban League and is on the Corporate Advisory Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Jersey, the Advisory Board of Playworks, Inc., the Board of Visitors of Sacred Heart University, the Board of Trustees of the Essex County College and is secretary of the Board of the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus Foundation.