Amani Reed is a product of both public and private school education. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Amani is a visionary leader with a clear focus on ethics, equity and justice. He has held a wide variety of positions within schools and has chaired accreditation teams, facilitated at national conferences, and led a successful nonprofit.
Mr. Reed is currently the Head of School at The School at Columbia University. In addition to his leadership of The School at Columbia, Mr. Reed has served on the Protection of Minors Committee for Columbia University; as a Practicum Advisor at the Klingenstein Center, Teachers College, Columbia University; and on the advisory boards on Teacher Education and for the Education Leadership Program at Teachers College.
Mr. Reed’s work focuses on the connection between higher education and elementary education. Having successfully led the Middle School Division at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and now The School at Columbia University, Mr. Reed is instrumental in the partnerships between universities and their communities. Mr. Reed has also fostered broader collaborations with and among members of The International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS).
Mr. Reed has served with the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in a variety of roles, including Faculty Member for NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads, Faculty Member for NAIS Summer Diversity Institute, Member of the Call To Action, Lead Facilitator Diversity Track at NAIS Annual Conference, and Member of the NAIS Summit on Equity. He has also served on the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) Board Committee for Administrative Services, the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) board, and The Guild of Independent Schools, of which he is the past president.