McMurry Alumna Shannon Sedgwick Davis Receives San Antonio Honor

  Gary Ellison
  Tuesday, June 24, 2014 8:35 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

The Rotary Club of San Antonio Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the selection of Shannon Sedgwick Davis as the 2014 Outstanding Young San Antonian. 

A 1996 McMurry University graduate, Davis is the CEO of Bridgeway Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to ending and preventing mass atrocities around the world. Established in 2000, as the charitable giving arm of Bridgeway Capital Management, the Bridgeway Foundation serves as a catalyst for peace and reconciliation in international communities suffering from oppression, genocide, and other human rights violations. As an attorney, activist, passionate advocate for social justice, Ms. Sedgwick Davis has guided Bridgeway Foundation in pioneering solutions to these seemingly intractable issues. The organization has supported such efforts including Aegis Trust, Resolve Uganda, and Invisible Children. More recently, Ms. Sedgwick Davis and the Bridgeway Foundation have been credited for their pivotal role in mobilizing awareness, civilian protection, and recovery efforts against the Lord’s Resistance Army and its leader, Joseph Kony, the first-ever inductee of the International Criminal Court.

Prior to joining Bridgeway Foundation in 2007, Ms. Sedgwick Davis served as Vice President of Geneva Global, a leading philanthropic consulting firm that advises individuals, foundations, non-profit organizations, and corporations on international development, global health, and poverty solutions. Previously, Ms. Sedgwick Davis was the Director of Public Affairs at the International Justice Mission (IJM), a human rights agency that focuses on ending slavery, forced prostitution, and illegal land seizures in the developing world. Her work in helping rescue children from sex trafficking in the Svay Pak village of Cambodia was featured in the 2005 Emmy award-winning piece, “Children for Sale,” on Dateline.

Ms. Sedgwick Davis is an honors graduate of McMurry and Baylor Law School, from which she received the institution’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award in 2011. She sits on the board of several organizations including The Elders, Humanity United, TOMS Shoes, and charity: water.

Her work on the Advisory Council for The Elders ( is very impressive. Chaired by Kofi Annan, The Elders is an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights. They were brought together in 2007 by Nelson Mandela. Archbishop Desmond Tutu served for six years as Chair before stepping down in May 2013, and remains an Honorary Elder. The Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was also an Honorary Elder, until her election to the Burmese parliament in April 2012.  Other Elders include Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, President Jimmy Carter.  Shannon serves on the Advisory Council which includes Sir Richard Branson (Virgin Unite), Peter Gabriel, and Jeff Skoll (Ebay & Participant Media).

The award, sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Antonio, honors outstanding young San Antonians who exemplify the Rotary philosophy of "Service Above Self" by making exceptional contributions to the communities in the San Antonio metropolitan area.

The award was established in 1931 by the Jaycees.  The Rotary Club of San Antonio has been running the program since 2002.

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