Al Race is Deputy Director and Chief Knowledge Officer at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. His focus is on how to use the knowledge generated by the Center’s work, internally and externally, in order to transform the landscape in which science-based innovation for children and families facing adversity can thrive and grow.
As part of the senior leadership team, he is leading the strategy to connect appropriate people and organizations to the work of the Center’s R&D platform and multi-dimensional learning community, and to track, evaluate, and communicate the collective impact of that work. As Deputy Director, he participates in formulating, revising, and operationalizing the Center’s strategic plan, vision-setting and strategic alignment, portfolio prioritization, project governance, and development and donor relations activities. As a senior spokesperson, both internally and externally, he serves as ambassador for the Center by engaging with and presenting to a wide variety of audiences.
He provides overall thought leadership for the Center’s knowledge translation, communication, and public engagement portfolios, including the development and execution of strategic communications plans for the Center and its initiatives, the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and Frontiers of Innovation. He directs the Center’s communications research agenda and the development of publications and new media products, and helps scientists, researchers, students, the media, and other thought leaders to improve their communication of the science of child development and science-based innovation. Prior to joining the Center, Al provided leadership in editorial development for a range of print and multimedia publishing ventures in education, entertainment, and media literacy. He received his B.A. in English literature from Middlebury College.