Davia is a graduate from the University of South Carolina, where she earned her B.A. in Political Science with a double minor in Public Relations and Russian.
During her time on campus, Davia volunteered with Be The Match, was president of the Gamecock Pageant Club and earned a Presidential Service Award. In 2018 Davia was crowned the 82nd Miss South Carolina, earning a total of $50,000 in scholarships. During her year as Miss South Carolina, she promoted her platform Be The Match: Become the Cure throughout the state by lobbying for the Patient Access to Cellular Therapy (PACT) Act (H.R. 2498) and expanding her informative classroom series “ Be a Hero, Be A Match” to schools, clubs and various events.
A former dancer and lover of culture, Davia was a National Security Language Initiative for Youth recipient. Sponsored by the State Department, she spent one summer in Moscow, Russia partaking in an intensive language immersion program.
Prior to joining SPEAK, Davia worked closely with the South Carolina Women’s Leadership Network, a bipartisan non-profit whose mission is to move South Carolina forward – socially, economically, educationally, and environmentally – through information, connection and engagement of women in leadership.
Her favorite movie is Prisoners because, “If the star studded cast including Jake Gylenhall, Viola Davis, and Hugh Jackman doesn’t interest you, I promise this movie will have you on the edge of your seat until the end!”
While at work, Davia likes to listen to Rex Orange County and the “In My Room” playlist on Apple Music.
When Davia isn’t at work she loves having an active lifestyle and often goes hiking, to the beach, or to the gym to challenge herself in health and fitness.
One thing that people might not know about Davia is that she was crowed Miss South Carolina 2018 and spent the year advocating for Be The Match: The National Bone Marrow Registry, raising money for South Carolina’s four Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and competing in Miss America. She was even able to earn over $50,000 in scholarships and was able to graduate from college debt free.
Davia is very passionate about female representation in leadership positions and is involved in the South Carolina Women’s Leadership Network.