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Ray Hart | Executive Director Ray Hart | Executive Director

Council of the Great City Schools


We are pleased to announce that the Council of the Great City Schools’ executive committee has selected Dr. Ray Hart as the national urban education coalition’s next Executive Director. Dr. Hart will assume his new role on July 1, 2021.

Dr. Hart currently serves as Director of Research for the Council, where he is responsible for working collaboratively across the membership to identify and analyze major trends, patterns, successes, and challenges in urban education nationwide. He was instrumental in developing and launching the organization’s Academic Key Performance Indicators, and has led the Council’s efforts around the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and its males of color initiatives.

Prior to joining the Council, Dr. Hart was a Fellow at ICF International. He also served as Executive Director in the Atlanta Public Schools, where he led the redesign of the research and assessment division. Hart has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Cleveland State University, and a PhD in research, measurement, and statistics from Kent State University.

Michael O’Neill, the organization’s board chair and vice president of the Boston School Committee, made the announcement at the Council’s virtual Legislative/Policy Conference. In his remarks, O’Neill noted that “as expected from the national reputation of the Council, there was considerable interest in the role and a number of interviews were conducted with very highly qualified candidates. After significant review, the search committee unanimously recommended, and the executive committee unanimously agreed, that Dr. Hart is the right person to lead the Council forward. We were energized by his commitment to our work, his involvement in the Council’s success to date, and his eagerness to continue to focus on equity for all the youth our member districts serve,” said O’Neill.

“It is an honor and privilege to be named to this position,” said Hart. “I look forward to working with the talented staff of the Council to serve the students and staff in our member districts and help grow the organization’s reputation, impact, and influence.”

IM Partner Ericka Miller led this search with Katherine Stellato and Becky Israel.