Groundwork Jacksonville (GWJax) is pleased to welcome two familiar faces to its growing Board of Directors, former Mayor John Delaney and urban planner/historian Ennis Davis.

Ennis Davis has been a valued volunteer for GWJax, sharing the stories of Jacksonville’s historic Emerald Trail neighborhoods.
Davis is senior planner with Alfred Benesch & Company, serving as in-house consultant project manager with the Florida
Department of Transportation, District Five Planning & Environmental Management Office.

“GWJax’s mission to empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being is an important one for the future of our city. I’m honored to have the opportunity to help advance equitable access and upward economic and social mobility for Jacksonville’s current residents and future generations,” said Davis.

Davis has served with numerous organizations committed to improving the community and creating a better quality-of-life
for its residents, including as the chair of American Planning Association Florida Chapter’s First Coast Section and a Trustee of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. An advocate of equitable placemaking, tactical urbanism, community engagement and economic development, Davis is co-founder of and regular contributor to and

John Delaney is a shareholder in the Rogers Towers Governmental and Regulatory Law Department. He specializes in the areas of

government relations, land use, higher education and general civil litigation. His recent awards include Best Lawyers in America® (Commercial Litigation), 2020 and Florida Trend Magazine’s “Florida 500” 2018-2019.

Delaney has contributed his time and expertise to dozens of local organizations and currently also serves on the boards of Jacksonville Civic Council, Episcopal School of Jacksonville Foundation and Volunteers in Medicine. “I am excited to join the Board of Groundwork Jacksonville,” said Delaney. “We will work together to ensure the sustainability of the Emerald Trail to be enjoyed for many generations with the growth of businesses, schools, parks, and community activity.”

Prior to Rogers Towers, Delaney served as president of the University of North Florida for 15 years. In 2008, he concurrently served as interim chancellor of the State University System of Florida. Delaney served two terms as Mayor of Jacksonville from 1995 – 2003 after serving as his predecessor Mayor Ed Austin’s chief of staff.