Special Assistant to the
Kay Grigar serves as the Special Assistant to the Executive Director at Chhaya CDC. In her role she oversees Chhaya’s communications and supports the work of the Executive Director and programmatic staff. Formerly the Administrative Editor for the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities (JHDC), a multidisciplinary journal that aims to bridge the gap between human development practitioners and academics, she had the privilege of observing and managing the publication of intellectual work from leading thinkers from around the world. By extension, she was an outreach consultant for the Human Development Report Office of the United Nations Development Programme. Kay was also a reporter for the International Service of Czech Radio, and created audio packages highlighting various aspects of Czech social, political and cultural life, in an interesting period of history when the country was continuing to transition from a former communist country to a member state of the European Union. In NYC, Kay worked as a research assistant for investigative reporter Wayne Barrett, late journalist and renowned senior editor at the Village Voice, for his book, Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11 (Harper Collins, 2006). She studied in the Graduate Program for International Affairs at The New School, with a focus on development, and cities and urbanization. Kay has been a resident of Jackson Heights since 2010.