Board Member of the HIV/AIDS Services Administration, New York City
Maria Davis, a true local hero, is a visionary at heart. From the start of her professional career, as a model in the early eighties − when black faces were rarely seen in magazines; to producing, directing, and promoting her very own music showcases, M.A.D. Wednesday’s, Maria Davis always followed her dreams. Then, in 1995, her life took an unexpected turn when she contracted HIV. Rather than becoming a victim of circumstance, she made the decision to devote her life to educating women, men, and children about HIV/AIDS.
Ms. Davis channels her convictions and her passion for life into action. She has participated every year, for the last seven years, in the rigorous 275-mile Cycle for a Cause from Boston to New York to end AIDS, raising tens of thousands of dollars for AIDS research. She also believes that volunteering her time in her own community is vital to communicating the message of AIDS awareness to people of color. Ms. Davis donates her time at several community-based organizations, and regularly speaks to educators, health care providers, ministers and social workers regarding HIV/AIDS awareness and sensitivity
Ms. Davis maintains that being grateful and giving to others is the only true way to fight HIV/AIDS and that is why she is not afraid to be the media spokesperson for several organizations, such as Life Beat: Music Industry Fights HIV; BET’s Rap It Up; and the national spokesperson for Bristol Meyers Squibb and World AIDS Day. Ms. Davis has appeared on numerous urban radio and television shows to get the message out to young people such as MTV; New York’s WBLS-FM; WKRS-FM; WLIB-FM; UPN 9 News; NY1 News; BET’s Teen Summit, 106th and Park, and a day in the life of Maria Davis on The Naked Truth 2, among others. Ms. Davis was most recently appointed to the Board of the HIV/AIDS Services Administration by the Mayor of the City of New York.