Jindal School Alum Named Nonprofit CEO of the Year

A Naveen Jindal School of Management alumnus, Lynn M. Davis, was recently named Nonprofit CEO of the Year in recognition of his excellence in managing the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, an agency serving abused children in Dallas County.

President and CEO of the advocacy center since 2005, Davis earned the award last November from the DFW area Center for Nonprofit Management at its annual “A Night of Light” honors dinner. Davis was one three finalists in his category chosen by an independent panel of judges in a competitive application process. Along with winners in five other categories, he earned $5,000, complimentary board training and a piece of commemorative crystal.

In a nomination video, Davis, a 1999 graduate of the JSOM Executive MBA program, said, “I think my leadership style is to hire the best possible people that I can and get out of their way.”

Chief of external affairs at the advocacy center and fellow JSOM alumna Ellen Magnis, BA 1996, MBA 1998, said that Davis “will tell you that he’s all business, but really, his heart is in this just as much as anybody else’s.”

The advocacy center partners with Dallas County law enforcement, Child Protective Services, the district attorney’s office and Children’s Medical Center. The groups take a multidisciplinary, coordinated approach to the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child-abuse cases.

Davis also serves on the statewide board of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas. Before joining the Dallas center, he was president and CEO of Dallas Challenge, Inc., a not-for-profit substance abuse organization, for 16 years.

Davis earned a BA from the University of Pittsburgh and an MS from the University of North Texas.