Co-Developer, Embrace Race
Andrew Grant-Thomas is co-developer of Embrace Race, a multiracial community of parents, teachers, experts, and other caring adults who support each other to meet the challenges that race poses for our children, families, and communities. EmbraceRace works to identify, organize, and, as needed, create the tools, resources, discussion spaces, and networks needed to nurture resilient kids of color, support racially literate kids of all stripes, and become more active and effective racial justice advocates for all children.
Andrew has also consulted over the years with a number of national foundations and is continuing to consult with special attention to racial justice issues.
Prior to launching Embrace Race, Andrew was the director of programs at the Proteus Fund, a national foundation committed to advancing justice through democracy, human rights and peace. At Proteus, Andrew worked on issues that include race and redistricting; money in politics; civil liberties, human rights, and national security policy; death penalty abolition; and social equity in philanthropy.
Prior to Proteus, Andrew worked as deputy director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University, where he oversaw much of the Institute’s US-based and global justice programming, directed its biannual Transforming Race conference, and served as Editor-in-Chief of its journal, Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts. Andrew came to Kirwan Institute from the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, where he oversaw preparations for the 2003 Color Lines Conference and managed a range of policy-oriented racial justice projects. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Literature from Yale University, his Masters in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago.