Every week we introduce a He is Me staff member, board member, or one of our amazing partner organizations . . . today, it is Gregory A. Blaize.
Gregory A. Blaize joined the board of directors of He is Me Institute in 2019–one of our first board members. Today Greg says the most satisfying part of serving on the board has been “the privilege and opportunity to watch the organization expand its efforts toward a macro-scaled national approach” as it remains steadfast to its original mission of bringing more Black men into the teaching profession.
Greg attended Miilton (MA) Public Schools until high school, when he entered Philips (Andover) Academy as a boarding student. For his senior year, he transferred to Milton Academy, a bit closer to home. He graduated from Milton Academy in 2012 and then earned a Bachelor’s in International Relations from Wesleyan University in 2016. Interested in government and politics since he was very young, Greg wasted no time after college, getting involved in Milton town politics and starting his career in government.
Since then Greg has worked worked on former MA Gov. Deval Patrick’s Presidential campaigns, and has served in the Administrations of three Boston mayors, including Marty Walsh, current U.S. Secretary of Labor.
In 2016, Greg was appointed as Director of the My Brother’s Keeper program, housed in the Mayor’s Office. (My Brother’s Keeper is a nationwide initiative launched by President Obama launched to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.)
Asked what gives him hope for the future of today’s Black boys, Greg says that as a religious and spiritual person, he knows that hope is innate for our future.
“Our Black youth are no different than their non-BIPOC peers. We just have to withstand and correct a troubled history that is intertwined within our society’s productivity. The first place to start this effort of correction is in the classroom.”
Greg says he believes that He is Me is the model of an equitable future! This future will only become brilliant through the means of education and He is Me understands that!