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 at the New York State Education Department. In this capacity, he informs educational policy across the state and administers over $200 million to help support students across New York State from pre-Kindergarten through college. Before 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 but most importantly, Dr. A distinguished himself as a student-centered instructional leader.