As Commissioner for the Department of Buildings, Felicia Davis is responsible for enforcing the building code; continuing efforts to modernize the department, including reducing permitting times; fostering economic opportunities by working with developers and builders on economic development projects; and promoting public safety.
With a professional career spanning more than 20 years, Davis has worked in a wide range of environments with diverse populations and built strong networks and partnerships along the way. Most recently, Davis served as the first Executive Director of the Office of Public Engagement, which offers a direct link between the Mayor's Office, City departments, Sister Agencies, external partners and communities across the City to make city government and its resources more accessible.
Prior to leading the Office of Public Engagement, Davis was the First Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Emanuel from May 2011 to June 2012. She served as a member of the Mayoral Transition Team and Chair of the Public Safety Committee in 2011.
Before returning to public service, Davis served as the Vice President of Administration at Kendall College. Prior to Kendall College, she served the Chicago Police Department, with distinction, for 10 years. During her tenure at CPD, she worked in many roles, completing her law enforcement career as a Detective in the Department’s Violent Crimes section, where she also oversaw the Community Policing Strategies.
Davis is a Chicago native and life-long resident; she resides on the City’s South Side with her family.
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