Kendrick Davis is the Vice President for Policy Research for the Campaign for College Opportunity, Kendrick leads the campaigns research strategy and activities with the goal of improving evidenced-based policymaking, improving racial equity, and developing a more fair and equitable higher education climate. Prior to joining the Campaign, Kendrick he was an education policy advisor for Senator Kamala Harris in Washington, DC. through the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Congressional Fellowship Program. Prior to his work in D.C., Kendrick served in the mayoral administrations of Michael Nutter and Jim Kenney as the director of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiatives for the city of Philadelphia.
Kendrick earned his Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. His dissertation, Re-engineering Risk: A Portraiture of Black Undergraduate Engineering Persistence in Higher Education, examined the factors that enabled success for Black engineering achievers. His masters’ degrees in law and robotics engineering are also from the University of Pennsylvania. His bachelor’s in mechanical engineering is from Temple University.