ABOUT GRAY HARRIS
Gray Harris is an Alameda Unified School District Board Member who has spent the last 16 years advocating for public school children, teachers, parents, working families and her community. Before recently taking a position as an education advocate for the California Teachers Association, Gray worked as an Alameda elementary school classroom teacher for 10 years. Gray is also the immediate past president of the Alameda Education Association.
Since being appointed to the Alameda Unified School District Board, Gray Harris has spearheaded implementation of a fair enrollment policy that assists our military families and has created additional career pathways and apprenticeship opportunities for our students. She also led the fight to adopt policies that ensure local hire and fair wages for work that is done on our schools. She has successfully passed a balanced budget for the school district and has taken a lead on attracting and retaining qualified educators by advocating for smart uses of existing buildings at Alameda Point for low cost employee housing. Gray has also protected AUSD facility space to ensure each student’s ability to attend neighborhood schools.
Gray’s extensive background also includes serving three years as PTA liaison and being a finalist for “Teacher of the Year” in 2012. She was a member of the School Site Council and taught several afterschool enrichment classes for students. Gray was instrumental in creating the Maya Lin arts magnet program and was the teacher volunteer coordinator for the School District’s successful 2010 parcel tax campaign. In 2013, she was selected Woman of the Year by Assembly Member Rob Bonta.
In her current capacity with the California Teachers Association, Gray represents over 2,000 teachers in nine Bay Area school districts where she helps educators maximize their instruction to best serve the students in the classroom. In addition, Gray focuses on important state legislative work and uses her extensive government experience to help California’s teachers effectively navigate AUSD’s bureaucracy and bring new partnerships to the District.
Gray earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of California at Berkeley and received her teaching credential from Mills College. Gray also holds an early childhood education degree from the College of Marin. She graduated with honors from all three colleges.
Gray enjoys being an active member of the Alameda community through the Elk’s Lodge and the League of Women Voters. She spends time in Alameda’s parks and beaches with her family and lives in a historic Alameda residence where she enjoys preserving the city’s history.
Gray is also the proud mother of a son who graduated from Alameda High School in 2011.