Jana Johnson-Davis was elected to the City Schools of Decatur School Board in November of 2019. As a school Board she has advocated for:
- racial equity and accountability in the City Schools of Decatur
- metrics to determine when it was safe to reopen schools
- teachers to be included in the first round of vaccinations with other essential workers
- administrative leave and full transparency during the investigation of the former superintendent
Since being elected she has been awarded Hometown Hero Award by City of Decatur, Outstanding Georgia Citizen by the Georgia Secretary of State, Nikki T. Randall Servant Leader Award by the Women’s Caucus of the Georgia House of Representatives, Good Citizen Award by DeKalb Volunteer Lawyer’s Foundation and Education Advocate of the Year by Sankofa U.C.C. Church.
Before being elected to the School Board, Jana was a respected educator with 14 years of teaching experience and a background in special education. Jana taught at Renfroe Middle School where she was a member of the Building Leadership Team and the Equity Team.
As a culturally responsive teacher was able serve as the club sponsor of Renfroe’s Young Ladies of Excellence. Jana also co-wrote and produced Renfroe’s Annual Black History Month plays. Additionally, Jana proposed, developed, and taught the City Schools of Decatur first ever social justice themed design cycle class.
Jana received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Florida A&M University, a Masters of Arts in Urban Education from Goddard College, and an Education Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College. As a scholar-activist, who is currently pursuing her PhD in Educational Studies, Jana facilitated the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library’s book discussion on Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues by Monique W. Morris.
Jana serves as the chairperson and lead organizer for the Loved Ones, Not Numbers Campaign, an initiative developed to humanize and memorialize the lives of Georgians who have died from COVID-19. Jana served as a co-hosted for the largest social justice rally and march in the City of Decatur after the death of George Floyd. Jana is a co-founder of the Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights, an organization that not only advocates for equity in education but was also successful in the historic removal of the Confederate Monument in the City of Decatur.
Jana and her husband, Attorney Mawuli M. Davis, have lived in Decatur since 2013. Their sons, Kobie and Khari, are both graduates of Renfroe Middle and Decatur High School.