Karen W. Davidson is a dedicated community leader and philanthropist working in metropolitan Detroit and the State of Israel.
She is a member of the Board of Directors of the William Davidson Foundation, a private family foundation established by her late husband William “Bill” Davidson to advance for future generations the economic, cultural and civic vitality of Southeastern Michigan, the State of Israel, and the Jewish community. Mrs. Davidson also serves as the chair of the Foundation’s Executive Committee.
In addition to her work at the Foundation, Mrs. Davidson serves as a board member of several renowned philanthropic organizations including the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, the Weizmann Institute of Science, and Start-up Nation Central. She is also a member of the University of Michigan’s President’s Advisory Group and is a supporter of both the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower at Hadassah Hospital and the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Mrs. Davidson is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has an honorary degree from the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Mrs. Davidson is the widow of William ‘Bill’ Davidson, former President and CEO of Guardian Industries and former owner of the Detroit Pistons. Mrs. Davidson has three children and two step children and is a proud grandmother of nine grandchildren.