Zaria Davis, DSW

Zaria is Executive Director at Lincoln Heights Outreach Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio. She works to empower those in the community towards self-sufficiency. Zaria encourages volunteers to take advantage of the opportunity to serve and be in a position of leadership addressing important issues that they feel passionate about within the community. Dr. Davis has used her own adversities in life to develop her as a community leader and to use those experiences to fulfill her life’s purpose.

Zaria has served with the Queen City Foundation serving low income students in the Cincinnati area providing independent and boarding school opportunities. She formerly served as an adjunct professor at Wilberforce University and Parent Coach/Community Liaison for Parents for Public Schools. She served in the Greater Cincinnati and Charlotte area for over 20 years. Zaria is passionate about history and research and has utilized that in various roles within the community.

Before joining the staff at Lincoln Heights Outreach, Inc. she had a career in social work and education. She also served as a board member, volunteer, and leader for several organizations. She is a founding member of North American Action Research Alliance and is a member of Junior League of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Collaborative Women’s Network. She is active with Order of Eastern Star and Daughters (DOI).

She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wilberforce University, a master’s in social work from University of Cincinnati, and doctorate in social work from Capella University, and certified life coach from The Life Coach Institute of Orange County. Dr. Davis is currently pursuing a PhD in Christian Counseling with a focus in Life Coaching from Newburgh Seminary.

Born in Cincinnati, Zaria grew up in the West End and College Hills communities. She is the oldest daughter of the Anthony D. Davis and the late Dorothy L. Davis and mother to an adolescent daughter. She enjoys working out, writing, and volunteering. Dr. Davis believes that overcoming challenges can lead to wonderful opportunities for growth and positive change.