Jamie R. Riley

Jamie R. Riley
Director, Racial Equity
Policy expertise: 
Racial Equity

Jamie R. Riley is CLASP’s director of racial equity. He leads and coordinates internal and external efforts to enhance CLASP’s overall commitment to racial equity and justice. 

Jamie has an extensive 15-year career as a social change agent in higher education and nonprofit administration. He has served in leadership and faculty roles at the University of California, Berkeley;  University of Maryland; University of Alabama; Johns Hopkins University; and, Longwood University. He also served as executive director for the non-profit operations of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first intercollegiate fraternity for African American men. Jamie’s published academic research, which is informed by critical race theory, investigates the systemic and environmental impact of race and racism within American institutions and culture. Jamie is a member of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc.; National Conference on Race & Ethnicity; NASPA-Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education; American College Personnel Association; Association of College Unions International; American Educational Research Association; and the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Jamie earned his bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration and planning and master’s degree in education leadership and administration from Tennessee State University. He also earned his Ph.D. in counseling and student personnel services from the University of Georgia.