Born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn, Dr. Anael Alston “Dr. A” is currently the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Access, Equity and Community Engagement in the New York State Education Department.

In this capacity, he informs educational policy across the state and administers over $200 million dollars to help support students across New York State from pre-Kindergarten through college. Prior to that, he was the Superintendent of Schools for the Hamilton Central School District.

As a superintendent, Dr. A distinguished himself as one of the few Superintendents across the state to have a 100% graduation rate, one of the few Superintendents across the state to create a program that allows international students to pay tuition to attend public school and helped develop stronger relations with community and county agencies.  Most importantly, Dr. A distinguished himself as a student’s first instructional leader.   


Dr. Anael Alston

The following articles feature Dr. ‘A’ as he lives out his passion and vision for the students and communities he serves. 


Equipped with a background in urban, suburban, rural, and higher education, when time permits, Dr. ‘A’ shares his insights locally and nationally.

Dr. Anael Alston

Dr. Alston shares his journey and the many things he has learned along the way. 

Watch, read, and listen.