Davis joined the Commonwealth Fund as executive vice president in 1992 from Johns Hopkins University, where she was chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the School of Hygiene and Public Health, the Commonwealth Fund said. Davis was promoted to president of the Commonwealth Fund in 1995. She ranked at No. 58 in Modern Healthcare’s most influential people in healthcare in 2011.
She moved between academia and healthcare policy roles throughout her career after graduating with a doctorate degree in economics from Rice University in Houston in 1969, the Commonwealth Fund said. She taught at her alma mater before joining the Brookings Institution. She took a year off from the public policy not-for-profit to lecture at Harvard and later left Brookings for HHS. She was director of the Health Resources Administration in 1980.
“It has been a great source of professional fulfillment to lead the Commonwealth Fund over this historic period in American healthcare,” said Davis, in a written statement. “In every organization, however, there comes a time for new leadership with new ideas. I look forward to a final year at the Fund focused on helping advance health reform implementation and bringing to scale and spreading delivery and payment system innovations.”