Hugh B. Price is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, the nation’s oldest think tank. His activities include writing and editing books, preparing policy briefs, and convening roundtables on topics of longstanding interest, such as education, civil rights, equal opportunity, and criminal justice.
Mr. Price currently serves on the boards of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Verizon, Mayo Clinic Foundation, and the Jacob Burns Film Center. He was formerly on the boards of Sears Roebuck, the Committee for Economic Development, the Educational Testing Service, and the Urban Institute.
Mr. Price served for two years as senior advisor and cochair of the nonprofit and philanthropy practice group at the global law firm of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US, LLP. From 2006 to 2007, he cochaired the Commission on the Whole Child for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Mr. Price also served as president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League from July 1994 until April 2003.
After graduating from Yale Law School in 1966, Mr. Price began his professional career as a legal services lawyer representing low-income clients in New Haven, Connecticut. During the late 1960s, he served as the first executive director of the Black Coalition of New Haven. In 1978, Mr. Price served as a member of the editorial board of the New York Times until 1982. He wrote editorials on an array of public policy issues, including public education, welfare, criminal justice, and telecommunications. He then served for six years as senior vice president of WNET/Thirteen in New York. In 1984, Mr. Price became director of all national production. He was appointed vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation in 1988, where he oversaw its domestic investments to improve education for at-risk youth and increase opportunities for people of color.
Mr. Price has received honorary degrees from Yale University, Amherst College, and Indiana University, as well as the medal of honor from Yale Law School, the president’s medal from Hunter College, and honorary degrees from numerous other colleges and universities.
Mr. Price is the author of two books: Achievement Matters: Getting Your Child The Best Education Possible, published by Kensington Books, and Destination: The American Dream, a compilation of his speeches and position papers published by the National Urban League. In the summer of 2008, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development published his third book, entitled Mobilizing the Community to Help Students Achieve. Brookings also published Mr. Price’s working paper entitled “Demilitarizing What the Pentagon Knows about Developing Young People: A New Paradigm for Educating Students Who are Struggling in School and in Life.”