Class of 2002
The Dedman Scholarship set the stage for a career as an entrepreneur for Graham Davis, as it afforded him the freedom to explore and engage a wide range of interests and educational opportunities. A Plan II and Spanish major, Graham's extracurricular activities included leading UT's premier coed a capella group, the Ransom Notes; serving in several service-oriented student organizations; and founding a new student organization focused on educating men on issues of violence against women. He spent his summers serving as a White House intern and studying abroad in Venezuela and Spain. For his involvement and accomplishments at UT, Graham was honored with induction into the Friar Society and Phi Beta Kappa, and was one of three University-wide finalists for the UT Parents' Association Outstanding Male Student Award.
Directly upon graduation Graham founded Eastside Community Connection, a nonprofit organization that provides leadership-level service opportunities to college students confronting the issues of poverty and education in the low-income East Austin neighborhood. After three years at the helm, Graham left to pursue an MBA at Harvard Business School, hiring an executive director to continue the organization (which is still going strong today, www.austinecc.org). Aside from the executive director, the organization is completely volunteer-run, and its volunteer base is composed entirely of college students. Graham currently serves on Eastside's board of directors.
At Harvard Business School, Graham honed his entrepreneurial skills and explored opportunities in biotech (he spent a summer working for a startup in Bangalore), clean tech (he evaluated a renewable biofuel for a venture capital firm), and the Internet (he worked on a startup idea with a classmate). Upon graduation, he worked for two Internet startups in the Boston area before returning to Austin. He is currently a product manager at Indeed.com, another startup. Graham continues to work on entrepreneurial side-projects with the intention of launching his own business - this time for profit.