BoardSource and Points of Light are pleased to announce that Damien Davis is the April 2013 Board Member of the Month. BoardSource and Points of Light created the Board Member of the Month award to honor outstanding individuals for their commitment to advancing the public good through exceptional nonprofit board leadership.
Damien serves on the board of the Downtown Sailing Center in Baltimore, MD. Professionally, he is a research analyst with Brown Capital Management in Baltimore.
In nominating Damien for the Board Member of the Month Award, Kathleen Lester, board chair of the Downtown Sailing Center, noted the following:
“When I look back at 2012 and think about the challenges we overcame — a financial crisis, a financial restructuring, three executive director turnovers, and a major transition in board members — I know it would not have been possible without Damien Davis.
Damien joined the board of directors of the Downtown Sailing Center in January 2012, serving on the finance committee. When our treasurer moved out of state, Damien graciously stepped up, joining the executive committee as treasurer in July 2012 after only six months. He quickly reviewed our financial processes and made adjustments to ensure a series of checks and balances were in place to reduce errors and increased the integrity of our finances. Through Damien’s leadership and commitment, we have gone from an organization barely understanding our finances, scraping by from one year to another, to an organization that has a clear understanding of how we operate, makes informed decisions, and is saving money in 2013….Most important, Damien has forced us to look at our own financial information as a set of questions and challenged us to take ownership for what we want to become as an organization….
In March 2012, our executive director resigned, and his replacement resigned taking a new job in September. Damien agreed to serve on the search committee, dedicating even more hours to the Downtown Sailing Center to ensure that we found the right person for the job. Through a long and arduous process, we emerged in January with a wonderful executive director, who will carry us into the future. Damien’s dedication to this process was significant….
Damien continues to be dedicated to our work and our mission. He regularly checks in with staff to ensure that morale is high and works to resolve any issues that arise; he is a leader within the executive committee, approaching issues with thoughtfulness and recommending or supporting appropriate solutions; he is involved with our members, attending member meetings and socials; and he participates in our outreach programming, as well as making significant donations.
In short, Damien is one of the finest leaders within the Downtown Sailing Center. We would not have made it through the tumultuous 2012 without Damien on our team.”
Recently, BoardSource asked Damien a few questions about his board service: