Michael Davidson is a consultant specializing in nonprofit board development, management support, leadership transition, and executive coaching for nonprofit managers. He has over 30 years experience in nonprofit board and managerial leadership and has provided board training and retreat facilitation for more than 150 nonprofit organizations. He is the former Chair of Governance Matters, designed and led the board candidate and organizational training for the Board Serve NYC program of the United Way of New York City and is a member of the Selection Committee for the New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards.

He has been a Peace Corps Volunteer, an Assistant Professor of Anthropology, an Assistant District Attorney and an attorney in private practice. He holds a BS in mathematics from New York State University College on Long Island, a JD from Columbia Law School and an M.Ph in Anthropology from Yale University.

UW panel

Public Governance Workshops

Adelphi University

Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Cornell University, Johnson School of Management

Department of Cultural Affairs

Hostos Community College

Mayor’s office of Contract Services

New York State Bar Association

(New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

Partnership for Public Education

Seton Hall University

Stern School of Business Management, New York University

Support Center for Nonprofit Management

The Foundation Center

UJA/ Federation of New York City

Youth Inc.

Board Service

Community Works, Chair

Society for the Advancement of Judaism, Chair, Chair of the Governance committee

Governance Matters, Chair

One Stop Coordinated Senior Services, Chair

Community School Board Three, Vice Chair


Consultant, 2000-present

Co-owner and business manager, Ruby et Violette Bakery, New York, 2001-2006

Deputy Director, Common Cents, New York, 1997-2000

Litigation Partner, Jacob, Medinger and Finnegan, New York, 1981-1997

Mediator, United States District Court, S.D.N.Y., 1995-1997

Senior Trial Counsel, New York County District Attorney, 1975-1981

Counsel, New York State Moreland Act Comm. On Nursing Homes, 1974-1975

Assistant Corporation Counsel, Housing Litigation Bureau, 1973-1974

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Fordham University, 1969-1975

Peace Corps Volunteer, Philippines, 1963-1966


Columbia Law School, J.D., 1973

Yale University, M. Ph. (Anthropology), 1969

University of Hawaii, M.A. (Anthropology), 1967

State University of New York at Oyster Bay, B.S. (Mathematics), 1962

Stuyvesant High School, 1958