About ICF

Aracelis Gray

Director, Child Welfare and Education
Aracelis is a child welfare and education expert with more than 15 years of experience working with state and local agencies to build their capacity to achieve positive outcomes for children, families, and communities.

Aracelis builds collaborative relationships with subject matter experts and other technical assistance providers to implement comprehensive and innovative technical assistance plans. She brings a keen understanding of evidence-based and emerging promising practices garnered from her experience leading research and evaluations of interventions designed to improve outcomes for at-risk and low-income children and youth.

Aracelis plays a lead role in several federally funded technical assistance initiatives. Over the past five years, she has managed the delivery of capacity building technical assistance to state education agencies via the U.S. Department of Education’s Comprehensive Center program. She currently serves as state coordinator for the Region 8 Comprehensive Center and supports the Ohio Department of Education’s efforts to implement organizational processes and procedures to raise literacy achievement, diversify the teacher workforce, implement continuous improvement processes to support low-performing schools, and address the needs of the whole child.

Previously, Aracelis served as state coordinator for the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center and worked closely with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) as it sought to design college and career readiness initiatives in the areas of work-based learning and the implementation of new requirements under VDOE’s new Profile of a Virginia Graduate policy. She also provided capacity-building support for the design, development, and delivery of trauma-informed training materials and resources to improve social-emotional outcomes for students. She conducted research activities to develop a set of policy and practice recommendations to inform the design and implementation of teacher compensation reforms across Virginia. Aracelis previously served as Associate Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Reform Support Network, established to design and deliver technical assistance to the Race to the Top grantee states.

Aracelis’ experience includes strategic planning facilitation and supporting consensus building and collaboration processes among program staff, parents, and community leaders to support effective program and policy development and implementation. She also has extensive experience designing conceptual models to drive research and program assessments; expertise in quantitative and qualitative approaches; and experience managing and providing oversight of complex evaluation studies and designs. Her technical specialization includes process, outcome, and impact evaluations; evaluation training and technical assistance; skills in implementing assessments; and the ability to design data collection instruments and lead data collection efforts. Aracelis has experience conducting implementation studies to build capacity and support long-term sustainability.

  • MS, Public Policy, University of Michigan, 1997
  • P.M.P., Project Management Institute, 2015
  • New roles for families in child welfare: Strategies for expanding family involvement beyond the case level. Children and Youth Services Review 33, 2011.