Visionary... is the one word that best describes Margo L. Davidson. She is a compassionate businesswoman whose hallmark is her ability to see the greatness in others. She has spent her life working to help people overcome incredible odds to realize their individual potential.
Margo Davidson learned to champion the underdog and overcome obstacles while being raised by a single mother in Philadelphia. With the love and support of her mother, she learned to ignore the naysayers and doomsday predictors. From these early years, she learned the value of hard work and giving back that shape her commitment to public service.
She began her career as a broadcast journalist, working as a radio broadcaster for several years while starting two non-profit organizations – one to help small businesses grow and the other to make children and families safer. Her mission as a journalist was to make sure people had good, high-quality information to help folks make informed decisions to improve their quality of life.
No longer content to just cover the news and understanding that sometimes people need more than information, they need direct service, she started the first non-profit for children whose parents were addicted to drugs. She has also worked as a marketing and communication consultant to non-profits and small businesses.
Ordained as a minister in 1986, Margo Davidson co-founded a non-profit organization as part of her ministry to children whose parents were addicted to alcohol and other drugs and to the parents themselves. That organization, Anti - Drug & Alcohol Crusaders (ADAC), founded in 1989, is still thriving today and serves nearly 200 children and families, annually.
Ten years after forming ADAC, Margo turned her attention to developing economic opportunities for families through entrepreneurship. As a service to women, Ms. Davidson founded, with four other businesswomen, the African American Female Entrepreneurs’ Alliance in March 1998. AAFEA has served nearly 500 businesses through nine conferences in addition to bi-monthly workshops, networking events and computer classes. These events were available to everyone. This organization allowed Ms. Davidson to use her proven ability as a trainer, organizer, marketer and events planner to advance the aspirations of her clients and community constituents.
Davidson is a graduate of Temple University and participated in the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business management certificate program. She also has an Executive MBA from Saint Joseph University.
Before she was elected to the Pennsylvania legislature, Davidson's leadership was recognized by two legislative bodies and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Recently, she was one of several public servants honored for her service by the Community College of Philadelphia.
Davidson was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2010. As our State Representative for the last 7 years, Margo chairs the Democratic Women's Caucus and has been a vocal leader in the #TimesUp movement. She's currently pushing bi-partisan legislation that addresses sexual assault and preserves due process while holding perpetrators accountable. Throughout her years in public service, she has fought to stabilize communities and create jobs. Davidson serves on the Commerce, Consumer Affairs, Finance, Insurance, and Tourism and Recreational Development committees, as well as the Committee on Committees. She has authored and co-sponsored legislation that supports small business growth, public safety and minimizes the tax burden on the middle-class and working families. She serves as vice chair of the PA SAFE Caucus.
Davidson understands working families as a wife and mother who resides in Upper Darby with her husband of 25 years. They have four sons, three grandsons and one daughter-in-law.
A native of Philadelphia, educated in Philadelphia's public school system, she was among the first graduating class of the much-acclaimed High School for the Creative and Performing Arts where she was a drama major. Davidson is the first Democrat, the first African American and the first woman to represent the 164th Legislative District.