Elena Davis’ 2011 Commencement

Elena Davis is the President and Founder of “I Am Waters,” a non-profit Houston-based organization that aims to bring physical hydration and spiritual encouragement to America’s homeless. Elena was one of four children raised by a single mother who experienced extreme need and lived on the margins of society. At the age 16, Elena began a successful career as a fashion model with the Ford Agency and was able to lift herself and her family out of poverty. The proud mother of three children, Elena draws on her unique experiences by combining the world of her childhood on the streets with the passion and understanding of how image-based campaigns educate and engender compassion to work to change the world.
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