Tony Davis is the Senior Director, Workforce Initiatives for The Manufacturing Institute, the workforce and education partner of the National Association for Manufacturers, where he leads the FAME USA (Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education) initiative, provides ongoing support for FAME chapters around the nation by benchmarking and sharing best practices; provides regular and relevant training; and ensures academic and experiential fidelity to the tenets of The FAME Career Pathway.
Before joining The Manufacturing Institute, Tony served as Executive Director for the Natchitoches Community Alliance (NCA), the EDO for Natchitoches Parish. In that role, he led various development initiatives with an emphasis on workforce solutions. He was instrumental in starting GeauxFAME, the first chapter of FAME USA created independently of the Toyota initiative, and served as administrator for the Chapter from its genesis in 2016 until his departure to the MI.
Prior to the NCA, Tony served as President of the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce from 2010 to 2018. Tony was elected without opposition to a second four-year term on the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) in August 2019 and serves as Vice President of the 11-member board that sets policy for early childhood and K-12 education.
Tony is a native of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and a graduate of Northwestern State University in Business Administration. He is currently Vice Chair of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA), a nationally recognized residential high school for academically gifted sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Tony and his wife Amy reside in Natchitoches, Louisiana with their 3-year old daughter and 5-year old son.