Show Date: October 24th, 2018
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Chief, Program Support and Resource Development
Westcare Foundation of San Antonio
Beverly Watts-Davis is the Chief Officer for Program Support and Resource Development for WestCare Foundation. She also serves as the Program Coordinator for the SAMSHA ReCAST grant for Bexar County. She has over 30 years experience in leading and managing public agencies, non-profit organizations, and private companies.
She has served at the Senior Executive Service level of the federal government (equivalent to the military rank of a General Officer in the military) as the Director of The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration federal agency).
She served as the Executive Director of San Antonio Fighting Back, Inc., Senior Vice President of the United Way of San Antonio, State Director for the Corporation for National and Community Service, and an elected official in Austin/Travis County, Texas for 11 years.
Ms. Watts Davis has received numerous local, state, and national recognitions. She was selected as a Distinguished Alumni from her alma mater, Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and received three Secretariat Awards for Distinguished Service from the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. While at the Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration (SAMHSA), she served as the Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and Senior Advisor to the Administrator where she co-Chaired the development of the National HIV/AIDS Prevention Strategy, served as the lead for HIV/AIDS, Tribal Affairs, and Military Affairs. Prior to federal service, she was selected by the Attorney General of the United States as the first Texan to receive the Volunteer of the Year Award.
She was also awarded with the National Faith-Based and Community Leadership Award, the PRJDE National Youth Leadership Award, and the National Prevention Network Achievement Award.
She has been inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame and was honored by the San Antonio Bar Foundation with the prestigious PEACEMAKER Award. She received the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director’s Award for Community Leadership, the Department of Defense (DOD) Commander’s Award for Outstanding Leadership, and National Crime Prevention Council’s “Outstanding Citizen Advocate Award.”
Ms. Watts Davis has served in many leadership capacities to include service as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Austin Community College and the Board of Directors of the Ella Austin Community Center.
She served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, National Prevention Partnership, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), the National Crime Prevention Council, the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, the National Family Partnership,….
…. the National Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Higher Education, the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Texas, Business, Investment, Growth (BIG) Austin, and the Texas Mental Health Association. She has also served as an Advisory Board member of the National Funding Collaborative on Violence Prevention, the National Center for State Courts, Youth Crime Watch of America, the Center for Public Policy & Political Studies, and the One Star Foundation.
She served on the Texas Task Force for State and Local Drug that funded the first 12,000 treatment beds in Texas prisons and was instrumental in developing and helping pass the Drug-free Communities Act legislation which has funded over 5000 communities to prevent drug abuse and its related harm.
She also served as the Co-Chair of the White House Disparities Subcommittee to develop the National HIV/AIDS Strategy under President Barack Obama.