Tyson-Lord Gray - City Council District 9

Dr. Tyson-Lord Gray, 37, is a Harlem resident and advocate for social and environmental justice. Reared in a single parent home on public assistance, he learned first hand the challenges posed by economic and environmental poverty. Yet, it was the determination of his mother to provide a better life for her only child and the support of the community that kept him off the streets and in school. 

For over 20 years he has worked to increase social justice and environmental awareness with a diverse array of organizations including Harlem based organizations such as West Harlem Environmental Action (WEACT) and Harlem Grown as well as local churches and faith-based organizations. He currently teaches at NYU and Pace University and formerly provided a range of "pro bono" services at The Legal Aid Society to their legally indigent clients. Those issues, ranging from homeless rights and public housing policy to public benefits and disability rights, are among the fundamental concerns for residents who reside within the 9th City Council District.Tyson is also the founder of Green Community Vision, Inc., a not-for-profit organization aimed at increasing environmental awareness in communities of color.

Personal Achievements: 

- Served 6 years as a Chaplain Candidate Program Officer in U.S. Navy
- M.Div. from Morehouse School of Religion
- S.T.M. from Boston University
- Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University
- J.D. from Pace University, Elisabeth Haub School of Law
- Passed the New York State Bar  
- Has traveled to over 54 countries