Dr. Judith Davenport was appointed to the CPB Board by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in September 2014.
Dr. Davenport co-founded the Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation with her husband, Ronald Davenport, Sr., and serves on its Board of Directors.
A practicing dentist for more than two decades before retiring in 2000, she appeared in the children's book Going to the Dentist, written by the late children's TV show host Fred Rogers as part of his Mister Rogers' First Experience series. She was also a featured dentist in a video by Detroit's African American Museum and in another titled “Women in Dentistry,” produced by the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. In November 2015, she was named a Fellow of the American College and the International College of Dentists.
Dr. Davenport serves on a number of boards of directors, including: the Heinz Endowments, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, and the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Art Museums. Previously, she served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Carlow University. In addition, she served as a member of the board of directors of The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Foundation, the Andy Warhol Museum, Martha's Vineyard Hospital, and the Washington Regional Selection Panel for the President's Commission for White House Fellowships.
Dr. Davenport earned her B.S. from Penn State and a master's in public health and doctorate in dental medicine from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania, a Distinguished Alumna and an Alumni Fellow of Pennsylvania State University, and a Legacy Laureate and an African American Distinguished Alumna of the University of Pittsburgh.
She and her husband have three grown children.
Her term expires in 2020.