Leigh Ann Davis


Leigh Ann DavisDirector, Criminal Justice Initiatives

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Leigh Ann Davis is Director of Criminal Justice Initiatives at The Arc of the United States and directs The Arc's National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability® (NCCJD®). With over 20 years of experience working at the intersection of intellectual/developmental disability (I/DD) and criminal justice, Ms. Davis strives to build stronger lines of open communication, understanding and respect between these two worlds. She authored The Arc’s first training curriculum for law enforcement on I/DD, The Arc’s first publication on sexual assault of people with I/DD, and presents nationally and internationally on a broad array of criminal justice and disability topics that involve both victim and defendant issues. In 2013, she worked with The Arc to secure funding and fulfill a long-term dream to create NCCJD®, the first national center in the U.S. to address both victim/witness and defendant issues involving people with I/DD, and oversaw the development of NCCJD’s signature training funded by the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance: Pathways to Justice®. As The Arc’s subject matter expert related to criminal justice and disability issues, she is interviewed by national media outlets and provides consultation to federal and non-profit agencies, including The Office for Victims of Crime, Vera Institute of Justice and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). She provides peer review for scholarly journals and has co-edited, authored and co-authored publications for The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), The University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration and The Journal of Psychiatry & Law. As a child sexual abuse survivor and proud sibling of a law enforcement officer, she intuitively understands the complexity of this issue and works to find common-sense solutions that prioritize the voices and leadership of people with I/DD in the movement toward equal access to justice. Ms. Davis works from a home office in Arlington, Texas and holds a B.S.W (Bachelors of Science in Social Work), M.S.S.W. (Masters of Science in Social Work), and M.P.A. (Masters of Public Administration) from the University of Texas at Arlington.