Richard Gray, Jr. is the director of the community organizing and engagement division of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University (AISR).
His work includes providing strategic support on community organizing and engagement to community and school reform organizations in cities across the country and directing the Center for Education Organizing at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform to help expand the power of education organizing through building strategic alliances among organizations and with strategic partners, such as teachers unions, reform support organizations, civil rights organizations, and research and policy institutes.
Before joining the institute, Gray was the director of National Technical Assistance with the Community Involvement Program at New York University’s Institute for Education and Social Policy (IESP), where he assisted community groups in New York City and across the country in developing strategies to improve local schools and shape more effective and equitable education policies. Gray was also the co-executive director of the National Coalition of Advocates for Students (NCAS), a nationwide network of child advocacy organizations that work to improve the access of quality public education to student populations who have traditionally been underserved by public schools.
Gray received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his B.A. from Brown University.