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Aimée Eubanks Davis - Braven.org. Chicago, IL, US

Aimée Eubanks Davis

Founder and CEO | Braven.org


Speaks to higher education outcomes, particularly related to job attainment and quality among first-generation and low-income students.





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Aimée Eubanks Davis speaks to higher education outcomes, particularly those related to job attainment and quality. She founded Braven in 2013 to provide for-credit, pre-graduation programs designed to help low-income and first-generation college students attain strong first jobs.

Industry Expertise (3)


Employment Services


Areas of Expertise (5)

Social and Economic Mobility

Higher Education

Future of Work

Employer/Employee Relations

Labor Market

Accomplishments (4)

Obama Foundation Fellow (professional)

The Obama Foundation Fellowship supports outstanding civic innovators from around the world in order to amplify the impact of their work and to inspire a wave of civic innovation. The program itself is a two-year, non-residential program that offers hands-on training, resources, and leadership development to equip Fellows to scale the impact of their work.

Luminary, The 1954 Project (professional)


Female Innovator of the Year Silver Stevie Winner (professional)


#13 on Essence Magazine’s 50 Black Women Founders to Watch List (professional)


Education (1)

Mount Holyoke College: B.A. 1995

Affiliations (4)

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Civic Committee of the Commercial Club
  • St. Mark United Methodist Church
  • The Links, Inc.

Languages (1)

  • English

Media Appearances (5)

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Partners With Braven to Support the Career Pursuits of Promising Undergraduate College Students

Business Wire  online


“We are so excited and grateful to embark on this partnership with BHSI. Our collaboration will open the door to valuable mentoring and careers around the globe with a dynamic company that is part of the world-class Berkshire Hathaway brand,” said Aimée Eubanks Davis, Braven Founder & CEO.

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Through family foundation, ex-McDonald’s CEO adds education as focus in helping entrepreneurs

Chicago Sun Times  


The CAFE aims to provide financial and capacity-building support to Black nonprofit leaders in education, to accelerate their impact — leaders like Aimee Eubanks Davis, founder and CEO of Braven, Inc., of Chicago, who is among the recipients.

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Higher Education and Work Amid Crisis

Inside Higher Ed  online


Doubts among lower-income Americans about investing in a college education are understandable, particularly during this time of crisis, said Aimée Eubanks Davis, founder and CEO of Braven, which works with San José State University and three other colleges and universities around the country to help underrepresented students transition from college to jobs.

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A 'Braven' New World: Connecting First Generation College Students To Amazing First Jobs

Forbes  online


According to an eye-opening study from The Brookings Institute, students from low income backgrounds earn, on average, 66 cents on the dollar of their higher income peers. These numbers are personal to Aimée Eubanks Davis, the Founder and CEO of Braven.

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New group of Obama Fellows includes local woman who works to close college-to-job gap

Chicago Tribune  online


While Aimee Eubanks Davis was growing up on Chicago’s South Side and in the south suburbs, college was emphasized as a pathway to better pay, a stable career and an overall healthier life. But years later, when she was working with college students from nontraditional backgrounds, Davis noticed many of them were finishing school, sometimes with stellar grades and accomplishments — yet were struggling to find jobs.

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Articles (1)

OPINION: The odds are still stacked against low-income college students; here are some ways to expand the possibilities

The Hechinger Report

2019 Growing up on the south side of Chicago with parents who spent 75 cents of every dollar they made on my college education, I still took out loans to graduate from Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and I know all too well how high the stakes are for students from underrepresented backgrounds.

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