Alethea Frazier Raynor co-directs, with Angela Romans, the District & Systems Transformation team at AISR. She has led teams that have documented, supported, and evaluated district reform efforts in Nashville, Tennessee, for the last five years. Currently she leads AISR's project on discipline disparities funded by The Atlantic Philanthrophies and is a member of the research team for the case study of Black and Latino male achievement in Boston Public Schools. In 2009, she led the New Orleans research team for AISR's Emerging Knowledge Forum and has worked on education issues in post-Katrina New Orleans since 2006, when she joined the National Coalition for Quality Education in New Orleans. Previously, she headed AISR's team in providing technical support for Carnegie Corporation’s Schools for a New Society high school reform initiative and developed the final case study of the progress and challenges of systemic high school reform in three of the seven sites. Before coming to AISR, she taught at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and, more recently, was the founder of the Risers Academy for Young Men, an all-male pilot program in the Savannah–Chatham County Public Schools in Georgia, designed to help young Black males achieve academic success. She has worked as a classroom teacher, guidance counselor, equity specialist, and central office administrator in Boston, Baltimore, and the District of Columbia public schools and designed professional development academies for principals and district leaders at the State Education Department in Maryland. She holds a BA in sociology from Boston University, a MEd in counseling from the University of Massachusetts–Boston, and a PhD in education from Clark University.