Richard R. Buery, Jr.,
New York City Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives
Appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in March 2014, Richard Buery leads priority interagency efforts including the Mayor's signature initiative to offer high quality pre-kindergarten programs to every four year old; develop over 100 community schools; provide afterschool programs for every middle school student in New York City; and Chair the New York City Children’s Cabinet.
Born and raised in the East New York section of Brooklyn, Deputy Mayor Buery has dedicated his life to improving educational opportunity and life outcomes for young people in disadvantaged communities.
In 2009, Buery was named President and CEO of The Children’s Aid Society (CAS), the first black leader of CAS and the youngest since its founding in 1853. CAS' staff of 2,000 serves over 70,000 children in NYC and around the country. In just four years, he led CAS through an expansion and reimagining of its services, with a focus on placing children in high-poverty neighborhoods on the pass to and through college. Previously, Mr. Buery co-founded and led three nonprofits: Groundwork, Inc., iMentor, and the Mission Hill Summer Program. He has been an attorney at the Brennan Center for Justice, a clerk to Judge John M. Walker on the Federal Court of Appeals, and an elementary teacher in Bindura, Zimbabwe.
A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law, Buery has been honored by the National Council of Negro Women, the United Negro College Fund, the Congressional Black Caucus, and others. He was #25 on City and State magazine's list of the 100 most powerful people in NYC government, He has been one of Crain’s New York Business’s 40 Under 40, Ebony Magazine's 30 Under 30, the Root 100, and the Grio 100. He is an elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association, and the recipient of fellowships including the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and the Michael Clark Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship.