Corey Blay is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. He serves as Program Director for the NYU Leadership Initiative. In this role, he ensures that all students across the University, regardless of their demographic background or discipline of study, have access to meaningful leadership programs and experiences.
Corey is passionate about cultivating student leadership, expanding access to higher education, and supporting underrepresented students. He is the director of the NYU Breakthrough Scholars Leadership Program, which provides scholarships and supports talented first-generation, low-income, and/or students of color throughout their college experience. Corey was a member of the NYU Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force, a multiyear committee tasked with advancing NYU’s efforts on diversity and inclusion for all university stakeholders. He is committed to helping institutions live up to their professed values and creating communities where students feel a profound sense of belonging.
Corey began his career at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, a K-12 independent school in New York City, where he was a middle school teacher and administrator. Outside of the classroom, he managed political campaigns, served on the board of a national leadership development organization, and co-founded a youth advocacy organization in Harlem. Corey was a 2011 Management Leadership for Tomorrow MBA Prep fellow. As a 2012 Education Pioneer fellow, he created a mentorship program for staff of color and from low-income backgrounds at Teach For America.
Corey received his BA in African-American Studies and Public Policy from the University of Chicago, an MBA from the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business, and MPA from the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He was named the 2014 All-University Commencement Student Speaker and currently is on the Board of Directors for the NYU Alumni Association.