Gloria J. Davis is the Executive Director of The Girls Club of Los Angeles (GCLA). She has been affiliated with this organization since 1989 and has served in various capacities including Board member to Board President. As Executive Director, she oversees an array of programs exemplifying the GCLA mission “to enrich the lives of children, youth and families in a personalized, high quality learning environment which contributes to self-sufficient, stable and productive lives.”

Gloria is a native of Boligee, Alabama. She received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Talladega College in 1978. Gloria relocated to Los Angeles, California in 1979 along with her one-year old daughter, Keisha and worked at the Kedren Mental Health Center as a Mental Health Educator.

In 1992, Gloria returned to school to earn a masters degree in Counseling Psychology from National University in San Diego. Even with a teen daughter and a 40-50 hour work week, Gloria graduated with honors. She holds a Certificate in Operational and Financial Management from United Way Kellogg Training Center as well as, Management Development for Early Childhood Educators (MDECE) Program from The Anderson School of Management University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and coursework in Early Childhood Development at UCLA.

Gloria has a passion for early childhood education and feels that we can make a greater impact with young children and their families. She is a Mentor with the California Early Childhood Mentoring Program with Southwest College, West Los Angeles College and Trade Technical College. She facilitates the Director Seminar Monthly Meeting at Los Angeles Southwest College with 40-50 local early childhood center directors and owners of family child care homes.

Gloria has mentored over 20 directors in South Los Angeles and throughout the state of California. Quality early learning education has been one of her main focuses. In October 2004, she led a self-study project that demonstrated compliance with nationally-recognized criteria for high quality early childhood programs at the GCLA Faith Children’s Center. The Center received accreditation status by the National Academy of Early Childhood programs, a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Gloria also has passion for youth development issues such as teen pregnancy, substance abuse and violence prevention. She co-authored Project LEAD, a youth development initiative that promotes positive, healthy lifestyles and encourages responsible decision-making for 9th graders at Fremont and Washington High School.

Gloria is an active community leader. She has served as the chair for the Women’s Tobacco Coalition for five years and developed anti-tobacco programs for children, youth and women. Gloria is a member of the California Child Development Administrators Association, National Association for the Education of Young Child, South Central Child Care Consortium, and President Elect Los Angeles Metropolitan Association for the Education of Young Children. In addition, she finds time to volunteer with several other organizations including the Real Man Cook Foundation and Consolidated Realtist Board, and the Los Angeles Chapter of Alabama Greene County Social and Community Club. She also serves as the Chairperson on the Advisory Board of Pepperdine University Foster Grandparents Program.

To bring some balance to her busy lifestyle, Gloria is an avid computer enthusiast, loves walking, running, traveling and reading and spending time with her daughter Keisha.

Gloria is looking forward to developing new programs to improve the health and nutrition in the African American and Latino Community. March 2006, the Los Angeles County Commission on Women and the Supervisors awarded her “Woman of the Year” Second District.  March 2007, the Los Angeles Chapter of Teenshop awarded her "2007 Woman of Distinction".