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Toshie Davis

Classmates from the Columbia High School class of 1984 remember Toshie Davis as a young woman on a mission. She went on to earn her BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 1996. She’d settled in Chicago before a job with Johnson & Johnson and a call to family duty — taking responsibility for raising her teenage niece — led her back home to South Orange in 2003. She thrived through a series of financial roles at J&J, but her concern for social justice drew her into the non-profit sector, as did her growing involvement with the South Orange-Maplewood School District. Toshie led the Marshall School PTA as president, headed up finance and operations for City Harvest and is currently the CFO of Education First, an education consulting firm that prioritizes working with foundations and education leadership to meet the needs of students impacted by adversity. A Montrose Park resident, Toshie resettled in South Orange for familiar reasons, including ethnic diversity, good schools and that rare combination of small-town feel with big-city access. She wants her son, Christian, to have the same opportunities she enjoyed: to see hard work rewarded, in a town committed to positive outcomes.