Minal Patel Davis, JD, MBA

Minal Patel Davis serves as Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Special Advisor on Human Trafficking, the first municipal-level position of its kind in the U.S.  Appointed in July 2015, Davis is charged with making a local impact on human trafficking in the 4th largest city in the U.S. from a policy-level perspective and by advancing systems change.  She developed and is currently implementing Mayor Turner’s Anti-Human Trafficking Strategic Plan, which is the first comprehensive municipal response to human trafficking by a U.S. city.  Davis is passionate about helping other cities in their own anti-human trafficking efforts, and has spoken on several local, national, and international panels to present the City of Houston’s approach.  She is a past speaker at the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit, The U.S. Conference of Mayors and recently traveled to India and Canada at the request of the State Department to discuss municipal leadership in trafficking with government officials.  She and her team designed the Ten/Ten Human Trafficking Municipal Fellowship and immersed twenty-four representatives from eighteen mayor’s offices in their approach.  In 2018 Davis was awarded the Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking.  The city’s work has been covered in the Washington Post, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and other major media outlets. Davis received her J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. from New York University.