Robin Hood Foundation
Born and raised in East New York Brooklyn and the son of Panamanian American immigrants, Richard R. Buery, Jr. is CEO of Robin Hood, one of the nation’s leading anti-poverty organizations. Robin Hood builds, fuels, and advocates for the most impactful organizations and strategies elevating people from poverty in New York City. Richard has extensive experience as a leader, manager, and social innovator within local government, as well as New York’s vast social service nonprofit sector. Earlier in his career, he founded Groundwork to support the educational aspirations of public housing residents in Brooklyn, and cofounded iMentor, which matches high school students with committed mentors to guide students on their journey to college graduation. He previously served as President and CEO of the Children’s Aid Society, one of New York’s oldest and largest child welfare agencies, where he founded the Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School. As New York City Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, Buery was the architect of Pre-K for All, which guarantees a free, full-day pre-K seat to every four-year-old, increasing enrollment by 50,000 in a year and half while leading and managing a range of City agencies and initiatives. Before joining Robin Hood, he led the Achievement First charter school network and managed policy and public affairs for the KIPP Foundation. He serves on several nonprofit boards and has taught at Yale Law School, New York Law School, Baruch College, NYU Tandon School of Engineering and NYU Wagner School of Public Service, where he currently is a Public Service Fellow. Buery graduated from Stuyvesant High School at 16, received a degree in Afro-American Studied from Harvard, and earned a law degree from Yale. A husband and father, Buery lives in Manhattan with his wife Deborah and their two sons.