Statewide education advocacy organization the Alliance for Quality Education announced today that Jasmine Gripper will be taking on the role of executive director in January 2020. Gripper will be taking over from Billy Easton, who is stepping down after leading the organization since 2005.

Gripper currently serves as legislative director of AQE, and will be assuming this leadership role at AQE as the organization marks its 20th year of parent, family and student organizing and  advocacy. Under Gripper’s leadership, AQE will continue to deepen its commitment to education justice and racial justice, working to ensure that all children and families have access to high quality public schools in every neighborhood. Through grassroots organizing and leadership development AQE will continue to empower Black, Brown and low income families to shift education policy in order to create the schools New York’s children need and deserve.