Steve Davis

AVP, Transportation Strategy


Steve has been with Smart Growth America or one of its programs since July 2006, joining as a communications fellow before departing to serve within Transportation for America from its 2008 inception until 2017. He served as the SGA Director of Communications from 2017-2021 and is now the AVP of Transportation Strategy. He works within SGA’s broader Transportation and Thriving Communities team, focusing on strategic communications, long-term initiatives, and support for T4America, the National Complete Streets Coalition, and other transportation programs.

Trained at the University of Georgia’s Grady School of Journalism & Mass Communication, he was an award-winning photographer at the Arkansas Democrat Gazette before following his passion for great places to Smart Growth America. He’s worn many hats over the years, writing speeches for Gov. Parris Glendening, creating and spearheading the launch of the organization’s first blog in 2007, kickstarting the organization’s online advocacy efforts and social media presences, helping launch the Transportation for America campaign in 2008 and then relaunching it in 2019, and running messaging and communications training workshops for advocates, local elected leaders, and other audiences.

He loves the challenge of figuring out how to turn the complicated policies and details of creating more smart, sustainable, lovable places into messages that resonate with a wide range of people, so communities can change how they build and grow. Steve lives in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC with his wife and three children and loves to bike around the city.