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Teresa Davis

Fmr. Senior Communications Advisor

The White House

Washington, DC, USA

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Biography

Teresa Davis is the former White House Senior Communications Advisor for Operation Warp Speed and the White House Coronavirus Task Force. She developed and executed messaging strategies in response to rapidly changing circumstances and urgent policy goals. In addition, she helped oversee the federal government’s public-facing strategy for the historic rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine across the US, working with the private sector, scientific community and US military.

Previously, she was Pentagon Deputy Press Secretary, where she supported the Secretary of Defense, handling media affairs and communications strategy on a broad range of priorities, including force resilience for the nation’s largest employer during the COVID-19 pandemic, US force posture in EUCOM and Operation Warp Speed. In addition, she helped to roll out the National Defense Strategy for 2020, with a focus on global power competition and department reform.

Teresa also served at the US Department of Commerce as Deputy Director of Protocol, supporting foreign trade priorities for the Secretary. Among her many responsibilities was coordinating the delegations to represent the US Department of Commerce on trade missions, the 74th Annual UN General Assembly and the 35th ASEAN Conference.

She has also served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs at the State Department, where she served as speechwriter and policy advisor and helped launch the Trump Administration’s Women’s Global Development Program. Teresa began her career on Capitol Hill as Communications Director for Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma.

Outside of her federal experience, Teresa has worked in support of military families, a cause inspired by her upbringing in a military family. She volunteered with various military support organizations including the USO and Blue Star Families.

Teresa holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism and a BA in Spanish from the University of Georgia.

Teresa Davis’ Newsfeed

NBC News
Biden aides weighing boosting vaccine production with Defense Production Act

Teresa Davis, a senior White House communications adviser, said the Trump administration has already invoked the DPA for some aspects of vaccine production and is actively discussing the issue with Pfizer. "We are working closely with Pfizer and other manufacturers to ensure that all obstacles to production are removed so that the American people receive vaccines as rapidly as possible," Davis said. "In addition, 23 manufacturing sites were set up just for Operation Warp Speed to help scale industrial production of the vaccine."

Teresa Davis’ Background

The White House
Fmr. Senior Communications Advisor
Sep 2020 - Jan 2021
Washington, DC, USA
Teresa Davis is responsible for the coordination of communications for the federal response to COVID-19 and the Operation Warp Speed initiative bringing vaccines and therapeutics to the market.
United States Department of Defense
Deputy Press Secretary
Apr 2020 - Dec 2020
Washington, DC, USA
The United States Department of Defense is a department of the federal government overseeing all agencies and functions related to national security and the United States Armed Forces.
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Media

Biden aides weighing boosting vaccine production with Defense Production Act
Dec 2020
New York, NY, USA
Teresa Davis, senior White House communications advisor, discusses the Trump administration’s use of the Defense Production Act (DPA) to speed testing and production of medical equipment, saying: "We are working closely with Pfizer and other manufacturers to ensure that all obstacles to production are removed so that the American people receive vaccines as rapidly as possible."

Specialist Courses

Johns Hopkins University | Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Theories of International Relations
2016
Washington, DC, USA
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies is a division of Johns Hopkins University based in Washington, D.C., and has further campuses in Bologna, Italy, and Nanjing, China. It is ranked one of the top graduate schools for international relations globally.
The University of Oxford
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
2013
Oxford, UK
Teresa studied Institutions of the Medieval West under the instruction of Dr. Rowena Archer at Christ Church, Oxford University.

Charitable Interests

Blue Star Families
Supporter
Washington, DC, USA
Blue Star Families is a charitable organization that aims to empower military families by connecting them with civilian neighbors – both the people and organizations – in an effort to create strong supportive communities.
USO
Supporter
Washington, DC, USA
USO is a not-for-profit organization that keeps the U.S. Military service staff connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.

Teresa Davis’ Education

University of Georgia
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (ABJ), Digital and Broadcast Journalism
2009 - 2013
University of Georgia
Bachelor of Arts, Spanish Language and Literature
2009 - 2013