Keynote Speaker Dr. Anael Alston

  Born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn, Dr. Anael Alston “Dr. A” is currently the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Access, Equity and Community Engagement in the New York State Education Department.

In this capacity, he informs educational policy across the state and administers over $200 million dollars to help support students across New York State from pre-Kindergarten through college. Prior to that, he was the Superintendent of Schools for the Hamilton Central School District.

As a superintendent, Dr. A distinguished himself as one of the few Superintendents across the state to have a 100% graduation rate, one of the few Superintendents across the state to create a program that allows international students to pay tuition to attend public school and helped develop stronger relations with community and county agencies.  Most importantly, Dr. A distinguished himself as a student’s first instructional leader.