Lucia Davis-Raiford, leads the newly merged Miami-Dade Community Action and Human Services Department. The merger consolidated the Community Action Agency and the Department of Human Services into the County’s largest provider of comprehensive human and social services. Prior to her appointment Ms. Davis-Raiford served as the Director of the County’s Office of Human Rights and Fair Employment Practices. In that capacity, she worked to ensure that all of the County residents had equal access to employment, credit and finance, housing, and public accommodations.
She began her career with Miami-Dade County in 2003; prior to that she had an exemplary career in New York City where she worked with the New York City Transit Authority and the New York City Police Department. Ms. Davis-Raiford was the founding Director of the New York Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit where she gained statewide and international recognition. Ms. Davis-Raiford has lectured extensively around the world. Her consult has been sought by legislators, law enforcement, and social service planners from Japan, France, Switzerland, India, Australia, South Korea, South Africa and Botswana among others.
She is an alumnae council member of the Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade County; former Chair of the Domestic Violence Oversight Board; board member of the Carrie P. Meek Foundation, Inc. and devotes herself to the development of philanthropy and volunteerism in the African-American community.
Ms. Davis-Raiford has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Bennett College and a Juris Doctorate in Public Interest Law from the Antioch School of Law.