Kathy Davis has been a public servant, operations designer, leader and entrepreneur. Trained as a mechanical engineer, Kathy is intrigued by creating systems that get the desired results. She has succeeded in making needed change in a wide range of industries and disciplines – from designing submarines to be quiet to leading the state’s social services agency with a $5B budget.
Kathy founded Davis Design Group to help organizations see what people need to reach specific goals, to plan the actions that work best, and to implement them.
Kathy’s background includes work in manufacturing and government leading changes in operations, product design, and financial and quality systems.
Kathy has a lengthy and varied career in public service serving at the Indiana Department of Transportation, as Indiana State Budget Director, Secretary of the Family and Social Services Administration, and Controller for the City of Indianapolis.
In 2003, Kathy was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Indiana and was the first woman to hold that position.
Alongside guiding DDG’s daily operations, Kathy serves on the boards for the Lumina Foundation for Education, Noble, The Central Indiana Community Foundation and Indianapolis Foundation, and on the Dean’s Councils of Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, WGU Indiana, and the IU Public Policy Institute. Additionally, she is the Chairman of the Board of Chembio Diagnostics Inc.
A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering, Kathy also holds a MBA from Harvard Business School.