Richard Gray, Jr. is the Deputy Executive Director at the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools at New York University (Metro Center), where he provides support and strategic assistance to Metro Center’s community organizing/engagement and school transformation programs. Richard is also a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, helping students apply their legal training to advance authentic collaboration between educational institutions and communities.
Before joining the Metro Center, Richard ran the New York office for Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform and was Director of the Institute’s Community Organizing and Engagement Division. Before Annenberg, Richard was the Director of National Technical Assistance at New York University’s Institute for Education and Social Policy and the Co-Executive Director of the National Coalition of Advocates for Students, 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.