Alumni: B.A. in Human Development
As a Workforce Development Specialist with the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training, Keeva Davis `00 has the responsibility and honor of improving people’s quality of life. “I believe we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers,” says Davis. This belief, along with a kind and humble spirit, guides Davis’ work with organizations serving the un- and underemployed.
She graduated from Rivier in 2000 with a B.A. in Human Development. After graduation, she took on a series of roles in the human development field and earned her master’s in business management. She rose through Massachusetts state department ranks before becoming a Workforce Development Specialist with the federal government.
In this role, Davis oversees grant-recipient organizations in New England, New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These organizations design and implement grant-funded workforce development projects to train low-skilled and dislocated workers and transition them back into the workforce.
“I love my job,” Davis shares. “I get to meet PHENOMENAL people who want to change the world and the current systems in place.” Once an organization is awarded a federal grant, Davis becomes their advocate—reviewing the project’s progress with the organization’s leadership, suggesting and arranging for additional resources, and providing counsel on grant compliance and progress toward goals.
Davis’ life-affirming work supports a multitude of people she may never meet. Working collaboratively with community leaders, their actions have a butterfly effect—whereas, a small change in initial conditions can create a significantly different, positive outcome in the lives of the people they serve.