Senior Advisor for Advocacy & Strategy
Former NFL player Wade Davis is a thought leader, writer, public speaker and educator on gender, race and orientation equality.
Wade consults around issues of racial and social justice with RISE and the NFL, as well as around issues of diversity and inclusion for the firm Young Samuels and Chambers.
Wade is a UN Women HeForShe ambassador and a U.S. State Department speaker specialist and worked as an official LGBT surrogate for President Barack Obama in 2012.
As an educator, Wade was an adjunct professor at New York University School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute and Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration. Wade received an honorary doctor of public service degree from Northeastern University for his leadership and ongoing efforts to eradicate homophobia and sexism in athletics.
He is a frequent guest on MSNBC, BBC, NPR, CNN, ESPN and BET. His essays and writings have appeared in media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, The Advocate, Huffington Post, The New York Times, Ebony, The Guardian and the White House Blog.
Wade hails from Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from Weber State University in 2001.