Gray Works to Firm up Donor Support for Education Reforms
(Washington Post) — They are men of the same generation – both 67 – and they share the last name – Gray. But until they met for the first time on a Sunday evening earlier this month, that was about all C. Boyden and Vincent C. had in common. That was when the patrician Republican and former White House counsel introduced the Democrat and presumptive mayor-elect from Ward 7 as “my cousin Vinny” to a gathering of education philanthropists and reform advocates over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at his Georgetown home. It was a light moment in the midst of a serious outreach effort, engineered by the Gray campaign. The objective was to reassure the influential network of private foundations – which have poured an estimated $20 million into D.C public schools over the past four years – that Vincent C. Gray is serious about sustaining the reforms launched by outgoing Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee. With the city facing a budget shortfall that could reach $400 million by 2012, Gray has a major stake in convincing private donors that the District remains an important investment.