Naomi Davis is an urban theorist, attorney, activist and proud granddaughter of Mississippi sharecroppers.
Naomi serves as a bridge and catalyst among communities and their stakeholders in the design and development of green, self-sustaining, mixed-income, “walkable villages” within black neighborhoods so that every household can ultimately walk to work, shopping, school and recreation. She is the founder and paid president of BIG (Blacks In Green). The organization has offered courses in areas such as “The 8 Principles of Green Village Building” and “The Sustainable Square Mile” which Naomi authored and teaches nationally in lectures and workshops, and universities.
Naomi also volunteers countless hours in the community to create Green Fairs, connect residents with training for jobs in the solar power industry and recruit volunteers to take care of neighborhood trees. She shares the Blacks In Green strategy with other disinvested neighborhoods across Chicago so they can learn the same principles of creating local green economies and is now working to address city cut-offs of water for poorer residents.
Naomi's efforts across many domains are producing positive impacts in the areas of economy, sustainability, climate change and community empowerment.