Brenda S. Davis
Brenda S. Davis, PhD, was elected to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees in January 2013.
Davis retired as corporate compliance officer and vice president of technical resources of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) after 15 years of service. Earlier, she served as vice president of government operations for J&J Health Care Systems, and as J&J’s vice president of state and environmental relations.
Before joining J&J, she served as a visiting fellow and associate at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Prior to that she was a cabinet member, serving as chief of policy and planning, for Governor Thomas H. Kean during his second term as governor of New Jersey. Davis held other government and industry positions, including special assistant to the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and director of the Natural Resources Group at the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget.
Formerly the chair of The Wilderness Society, she continues to serve on its board. She served for nine years on the board of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), chairs the WWF Northern Great Plains Advisory Council and serves on the WWF National Council. She previously served on the boards of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the New Jersey Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, which she chaired, and the Community Foundation of New Jersey. She currently serves on the board of directors of Recreational Equipment Inc.
Davis received a BA in biology from the University of Denver, and a PhD in ecology from the University of California, Berkeley.