As Deputy Mayor to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rich Buery led key initiatives to increase educational opportunity for New Yorkers through City services and was the architect of Pre-K for All, a program that offers free, full-day Pre-K for every 4-year old in New York City.
Buery has dedicated his life to improving the educational opportunities afforded to young people in America’s most disadvantaged communities. As a student at Harvard College, Buery founded the Missional Hill Summer Program, an enrichment program for youths in the Mission Hill Housing Development. Buery went on to co-found iMentor, a national college access program for low-income first-generation students, and Groundwork, a program to support the educational aspirations of Brooklyn public housing residents. As the youngest President & CEO of the Children’s Aid Society, he launched a number of successful programs and founded the Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School in the South Bronx. He currently serves as Chief of Policy & Public Affairs at the KIPP Foundation, leading the organization’s public policy, advocacy, marketing, and communications efforts.