Michellene Davis, Esq.
Michellene Davis assumed the role President and Chief Executive Officer of National Medical Fellowships, Inc., (NMF) in May of 2021. Founded in 1946, NMF was one of America’s first diversity organizations and remains the only national organization advancing health equity at the intersection of wealth and health. It provides scholarships to Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) medical and health professions students underrepresented in medicine to ensure equity of access to culturally competent, high-quality healthcare. NMF also increases the number of BIPOC clinician leaders to diversify clinical trials.
Davis is named among Modern Healthcare magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Minority Leaders in Healthcare and Becker’s Hospital Review’s Top 50 African Americans to Know in Healthcare. The National Association of Health Services Executives awarded her their 2021 Senior Health Care Executive Award.
Davis most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at RWJBarnabas Health, the largest academic medical center system in New Jersey and one of the largest in the nation. She founded Social Impact and Community Investment, an equity-centered, policy-led community health practice addressing the social and political determinants of health. She was the first African American in state history to serve as Chief Policy Counsel to former New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine, the first African American and only the second women to serve as New Jersey State Treasurer. She was the youngest person to serve as CEO of the New Jersey Lottery and also served as a senior policy advisor in the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.
She co-authored Changing Missions, Changing Lives: How a Change Agent Can Turn the Ship and Create Impact, published by ForbesBooks in 2020, which provides a blueprint for those committed to leading systems change within organizations.
Davis began her legal career as a trial litigator, is an Honors graduate of Seton Hall University and holds a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall School of Law. She holds Executive Education Certificates in Corporate Social Responsibility from the Harvard Business School and in Social Impact Strategy from the Wharton School of Business.
Diana Candelejo, MPA
Diana Candelejo is an economist whose work focuses on driving change by creating racial and economic equity. Diana advises on social impact by drawing on a decade of experience in non-profit, quasi-governmental, and private sectors.
Under her leadership at RWJBarnabas Health, she led the system’s anchor mission to Hire, Buy, Invest Local. She spearheaded the formalization of economic inclusion efforts across the health system including local supplier diversity, capacity building of small businesses, and workforce development for economically disadvantaged (Black and Brown) communities in NJ. Diana established metrics, developed accountability measures, and modified internal policies to promote health equity by addressing economic and environmental conditions. Diana currently sits on the board of Partners for Health Foundation and is the Co-Chair of their Grants Committee. She is also on the board of the Newark Workforce Development Board and is the Chair of the Health Professions Taskforce.
Diana is the former (2017-18) Curator of the Newark Global Shapers Hub, a World Economic Forum initiative. Previously, she has done pro-bono consulting for institutions such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and non-profits to improve the accessibility of education services to vulnerable communities. Diana is also an artist who splits her time between painting and promoting economic development in her community. Diana received a Master of Public Administration from the London School of Economics, focusing her studies on International Economic Development, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Drew University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics.