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William H. Gray III

Gray Global Strategies, Inc.
Chairman
Washington, DC, USA


William Gray is currently Chairman of Gray Global Strategies, Inc., a business advisory firm. He served as Chairman of The Amani Group from August 2004 to September 2009. From September 1991 to June 2004, he was President and CEO of The United Negro College Fund, where he led the organization to unprecedented fundraising success. UNCF, one of the largest educational charities in the U.S., provides financial assistance to minority students to attend college and supports private historically black colleges and universities.
 
He represented the Second District of Pennsylvania as a Congressman from 1979 to 1991 and was elected by his colleagues to a number of prestigious leadership positions. Mr. Gray was elected as Chair of the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives in 1985 and 1988 he was also elected as the Chairman of the Democratic Caucus. He was elected as the Majority Whip of the House of Representatives in June 1988. Thus, he was the first African American to chair a finance committee, the first to head the majority caucus, and the first to achieve the number three position in the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives. President Bill Clinton appointed him as the Special Advisor on Haiti to the President and to the Secretary of State in 1995. 
 
For 45 years, Mr. Gray was an active Baptist minister. He first served at the Union Baptist in Montclair, New Jersey and then at the Bright Hope Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He retired in 2007 after 35 years as pastor of the Bright Hope Baptist Church.
 
Mr. Gray received his Bachelor's degree from Franklin & Marshall College. He earned a Master's degree in divinity from Drew Theological Seminary and another Master's in theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1970. He has served as a faculty member and professor of history and religion at five universities and colleges.
 
Mr. Gray currently serves on the board of directors of a number of companies including Dell Inc., JPMorgan Chase, Pfizer and Prudential Financial. He has been honored with nearly 80 honorary degrees from America's most prestigious universities for his public service.
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