Keynote Speaker | Resilience Education Summit 2019
There was a time when the first words that might have come to mind when discussing Hasan Davis might have been delinquent, troublemaker or worse. In his youth, running the streets of Atlanta, Georgia, Hasan barely stayed one step ahead of the law. After an early arrest as a pre-teen and expulsion from alternative school Hasan earned his GED and decided to leave the life he knew well, for one he could hardly imagine.
Hasan moved to Kentucky to attend Berea College. Although Hasan was expelled from Berea College twice, he returned a third time, determined to prove that failure would not be his legacy. With the right attitude and support Hasan earned his BA degree from Berea College and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Hasan has been recognized for his professional and personal efforts serving the needs of our young people in education, juvenile justice and the arts. He is a Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellow, an inductee into the Council of State Governments Henry Toll Fellowship program and an Annie E. Casey Children and Family Fellow.
In 2008 Hasan joined the executive leadership team of the Kentucky Department Juvenile Justice. In 2012 Hasan became Kentucky’s fifth Commissioner of Juvenile Justice. During his tenure as Commissioner, he was instrumental in pushing SB200, which contained sweeping juvenile reform legislation, through the Kentucky General Assembly. SB200 was signed into Law in April of 2014 and is now transforming Kentucky’s juvenile justice and other youth serving systems. Currently Hasan is a youth advocate and national speaker providing technical assistance and support to youth serving organizations across the country. In the fall of 2014 Hasan published Written Off: How one mans Journey through Disability, Poverty and Delinquency are transforming the Juvenile Justice System. He lives in Berea Kentucky with his wife and two sons.