Gerald A. (Jerry) Reynolds took office as the Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights (OCR) on March 29, 2002. In this position, Reynolds advises the U.S. Secretary of Education on matters related to the enforcement of five anti-discrimination laws within the education setting, plus the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act. OCR is one of the largest civil rights enforcement units in the federal government.
Prior to his appointment, Reynolds served as senior regulatory counsel for Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCPL), a Missouri-based energy company. His practice areas included utility regulation and litigation.
Reynolds served as president of the Center for New Black Leadership and as a legal analyst for the Center for Equal Opportunity prior to joining KCPL. Both of these Washington, D.C.-based organizations are concerned with and conduct research regarding education issues. Before joining these organizations, Reynolds practiced law with Schatz & Schatz, Ribicoff & Kotkin, a Connecticut law firm.
Reynolds graduated from the City University of New York, at York College, and Boston University School of Law, where he served on the editorial board of the American Journal of Law and Medicine.