The Center OC is proud to welcome Kevin S. O’Grady, Ed.D., as its new Executive Director.
O’Grady comes to The Center OC after serving as the Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, Orange County/Long Beach region, where he oversaw all programming including civil rights; government affairs; community relations; education; and law enforcement relations. He coordinated the region’s response to civil rights issues and hate crimes, monitored extremist groups, and spoke at public forums on issues of civil rights, diversity, anti-Semitism, LGBT civil rights and education.
Before joining the Anti-Defamation League, O’Grady served as the Dean of Students for Milken Community High School, the largest Jewish Day School in the country. He has also served as Director of the Hawai’i Technology Project, a state-wide project that introduced on-line technologies into small schools across the state’s five primary islands. He authored a study of gay and lesbian high school teachers and is considered a national expert in the area of gay and lesbian issues in education.
In addition to his work with the ADL, O’Grady is chair of GLSEN Orange County and an Advisory Member to the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs. He holds a masters degree in political science from California State University, Fullerton and a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California. Kevin lives in Long Beach, CA, with his partner and their son.