Dr. Stephen McCray is an executive coach, equity consultant, and keynote speaker working with business, school, and non-profit leaders and change agents to achieve their equity mission of creating vibrant, inclusive communities. For over thirty years, Dr. McCray has served as a bilingual teacher, an administrator in the public schools, a lecturer for the School of Education at California State University and field consultant for School Support Services of the California Department of Education. He has worked as a national leadership consultant, keynote speaker, and trainer on student achievement, leading change, high-impact instructional leadership, parent empowerment, and leading for equity in educational and non-profit communities. With an unwavering commitment to innovation, equity of access, and social justice, Dr. McCray’s most recent areas of focus have been healing race in education and the community and organizational leadership for equity in the workplace. He was named by Teacher Magazine as “one of the fifty best minds in education.” Dr. McCray also served on the Consent Decree Monitoring Team for Equity and the California Schools Recognition Team for the California Department of Education, as well as on the boards of charter schools and non-profit organizations.
An anti-racist educator and consultant, Dr. McCray received his master’s degree in Educational Administration and Policy Studies at University of California, Los Angeles’ Center X; and earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice at Loyola Marymount University. He holds certificates from Harvard Kennedy School’s in Public Leadership and Columbia University’s Teachers College in coaching. His dissertation, Children Are the Messengers, broke new ground in the field, challenging existing deficit narratives about children of color, and spotlighting high-achieving low-income students and the power of voice-centered dialogic classrooms in their academic success. Dr. McCray empowers leaders and change agents to engage directly with the landscape of racial change and build humanizing, culturally proficient relations, policies, and practices from the classroom to the board room, and from the executives to the clients.