Dow Davis

J.H. Dow Davis

Chairman, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations

Dow Davis was elected as Chairman of the Board in 1997 succeeding his father Nathanael, who was President of ALCAN and served as the Chairman of the Foundations for 33 years. (Nathanael was a nephew of Arthur Vining Davis and had been a trustee of the Foundations during the founder’s lifetime.)  Dow was formerly Executive Director of the Center for Business and Government at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  He spent much of his early career in the financial services industry, marketing and management positions in the U.S. and abroad (Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund; Senior Vice President, Fleet Bank/Bank of New England; Vice President, Bank of Boston; Managing Director, Boston Financial Ltd/First Leasing Australia [Bank of Boston]).  Dow was a Captain in the US Army and served in Korea. A graduate of Middlebury College, he has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dow is married to Sue Davis, a speech and language pathologist.


Becoming a Successful Board Chair: Tips and Advice from Your Peers

Posted on February 9, 2017 by Alice Buhl, Susan Briggs, Nancy Cable, J.H. Dow Davis

Board chairs play an important and indispensable role in family foundations. Much more than just an honorary title, serving as board chair requires extra preparation, time, and specific skillsets. Join NCFP as we learn from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation Board Chair and President about the wide range of tasks and responsibilities facing board chairs, including overseeing board meetings, succession… Read More

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