Richard Gray 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/policy institutes.
Before joining the Institute, Richard was the Director of National Technical Assistance at New York University’s Institute for Education and Social Policy. Richard was also 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.
Richard is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia Law School, where he introduces law students to innovative and non-traditional ways to use their legal training to understand methods to help reduce structural inequality and advance authentic collaboration between educational institutions and surrounding communities.
Richard received his B.A. in History from Brown University and J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.