Richard Buery

Chief of Policy & Public Affairs
KIPP Foundation

Richard leads the KIPP Foundation’s public policy, advocacy, marketing, and communications efforts to grow the KIPP network and advocate for policies that make it easier for students to afford college and overcome other barriers to success.

While in college, Richard founded the Mission Hill Summer Program in a Roxbury, Massachusetts housing development, and went on to teach fifth grade at an orphanage in Bindura, Zimbabwe. After a brief stint as a civil rights lawyer, Richard co-founded iMentor, a national college access program which empowers low-income first-generation high school students to graduate college, and Groundwork, supporting the educational aspirations of Brooklyn public housing residents. While the CEO of the Children’s Aid Society, he founded the Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School in the South Bronx. Most recently he served as Deputy Mayor to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, where he led key initiatives including Pre-K for All.



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