LEADERSHIP

JON GRAY, Co-Founder

Jon Gray is the Co-Founder of the Gray Foundation. He is also the President and Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone, one of the world's leading investment firms. Formerly, Jon served as Blackstone's Global Head of Real Estate. Since joining Blackstone in 1992, Jon has helped build the largest real estate platform in the world with $115 billion in investor capital under management.

Jon currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Hilton Worldwide and is a board member of Invitation Homes. He also serves on the board of Harlem Village Academies and Trinity School.

Jon received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jon Gray is the Co-Founder of the Gray Foundation. He is also the President and Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone, one of the world's leading investment firms. Formerly, Jon served as Blackstone's Global Head of Real Estate. Since joining Blackstone in 1992, Jon has helped build the largest real estate platform in the world with $115 billion in investor capital under management.

Jon currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Hilton Worldwide and is a board member of Invitation Homes. He also serves on the board of Harlem Village Academies and Trinity School.

Jon received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.

MINDY GRAY, Co-Founder

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Mindy Gray is the Co-Founder of the Gray Foundation. She is the Chair of the Basser Leadership Council and serves on the boards of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and NYC Kids RISE.  Mindy is actively involved at the Harlem Village Academies charter schools and sits on the Leadership Council of Peer Health Exchange, an organization dedicated to giving teens a comprehensive health education.

Previously, Mindy worked as an editor at Ziff Davis Publishing and as a marketing executive at Edwin Schlossberg, Inc.

Mindy received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in History from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Mindy Gray is the Co-Founder of the Gray Foundation. She is the Chair of the Basser Leadership Council and serves on the boards of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and NYC Kids RISE.  Mindy is actively involved at the Harlem Village Academies charter schools and sits on the Leadership Council of Peer Health Exchange, an organization dedicated to giving teens a comprehensive health education.

Previously, Mindy worked as an editor at Ziff Davis Publishing and as a marketing executive at Edwin Schlossberg, Inc.

Mindy received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in History from the University of Pennsylvania.

DANA ZUCKER, Executive Director

Dana Zucker is the Executive Director of the Gray Foundation.  She is the Vice-Chairperson and Treasurer of the NYC Kids RISE Board and a member of the Basser Leadership Council at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dana serves on the Board of Peer Health Exchange and on the President’s Leadership Council and Women’s Leadership Council at Brown University.  Previously, Dana was a Vice President at Teach For America and a Vice President at Lazard Freres & Co. She also worked as a consultant at Bain & Company, as well as in the Venture Capital and Investment Banking Groups at Morgan Stanley.

She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brown University.

Dana Zucker is the Executive Director of the Gray Foundation.  She is the Vice-Chairperson and Treasurer of the NYC Kids RISE Board and a member of the Basser Leadership Council at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dana serves on the Board of Peer Health Exchange and on the President’s Leadership Council and Women’s Leadership Council at Brown University.  Previously, Dana was a Vice President at Teach For America and a Vice President at Lazard Freres & Co. She also worked as a consultant at Bain & Company, as well as in the Venture Capital and Investment Banking Groups at Morgan Stanley.

She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brown University.

STAFF

CHRISTEN REARDON, Program Officer

Christen joined the Foundation with experience in global health and education. She has worked closely with a number of university faculty in education research and on global health publications. She brings experience in teaching, grantmaking and working with public health nonprofits. 

Christen has a Master’s Degree in International Education, from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University.

ANDREW KARAS, Program Officer

Andrew is the Program Officer at the Gray Foundation. He comes to the Foundation from the world of education, where he began his career as a 6th grade teacher in the Bronx through Teach For America. Beyond his teaching experience, Andrew has worked for the NYC Department of Education on their Teacher Effectiveness team and has consulted and managed programs for various education organizations across the city.

Andrew received an MBA from New York University, an MSEd from Hunter College, and a BA from Northwestern University.