Martha Davis, Executive Director for the Institute for Safe Families (ISF)
Martha is the Co-Founder and Executive Director for the Institute for Safe Families (ISF), whose mission is to prevent family violence and child abuse. For over 20 years, Ms. Davis has focused ISF’s efforts to be an incubator for new ideas, developed innovative programming, and convened forums for cross-systems dialogue and collaboration aimed at building capacity for more effective prevention and response to all forms of interpersonal violence. She has presented and written on family violence issues both nationally and locally. Ms. Davis is an Instructor at the Community College of Philadelphia, where she developed and teaches a semester-long course on Family Violence, Trauma and Healing for students seeking an associate degree in the Behavioral Health Social Service Department.
Most recently, under Martha’s leadership, ISF and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation co-hosted the First National Summit on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), in May 2013. The AVA was one of seven National Sponsors for the event.
The Summit, which was held in Philadelphia brought together over 200 physicians, nurses, researchers, policy makers, grant makers and child advocates from across the country, to advance the national dialogue on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, toxic stress and resilience.