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Because It Matters


Why Rubain?

Rubain Dorancy has built a solid reputation of being a visionary leader, community advocate, and consensus builder as an educator, Community School Board Vice-President, senior administrator in the NYC Department of Education, and Chairman of the Haitian American Association for Political Action-PAC (HAAPA-PAC). He is a solutions-minded, data- driven leader who has the ability to create and expand opportunities for everyone. His progressive ideas are combined with a pragmatic approach and focused determination to create and promote options for everyone. He has a proven record of raising the bar and improving the status quo.

Why is Rubain running?

He is running to help reform education by increasing local community voice and input; to improve procurement policies to expand contracting opportunities for small businesses and minority and women vendors; to support comprehensive community policing strategies; to ensure access to affordable housing; and to protect the right to preventive health care by helping local hospitals remain open and available for community residents.

Who is Rubain?

Rubain was born and raised in Crown Heights, Brooklyn to Haitian immigrants. He is a product of NYC public schools. He attended PS 91 and IS 391 in CSD 17. And later, attended Brooklyn Technical HS in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the City College of New York. As a National Urban Fellow, he earned his JD/MPA from Brooklyn Law School and Baruch College, School of Public Affairs. He earned his SDA/SBA certificates from the Long Island University School of Education.

As a child of an educator, Rubain, who was the fourth of six children, understood very early that hard work, quality education, and discipline were the keys to success. Rubain and his wife Radika, a NYC Department of Education guidance counselor and active UFT member, have been together for 16 years and they are the proud parents of 3 children – Kayla, Daniella, and Alexander.

What has Rubain done?

In his 20-year career with the NYC Department of Education and the community:

  • He initiated and led important projects for students, families, and their communities. He was a champion for closing the achievement gap, supporting homeless students, increasing local community involvement, encouraging parent engagement, minority contracting, and promoting diversity within the Department of Education.
  • A former Council for Supervisors and Administrators (CSA) member and Deputy Executive Director, Rubain was a staunch supporter and leading voice in the DOE for programs and policy approaches towards young men of color. He was a teacher in our community for 2 years at MS 61 in Community School District 17 from 1993-1995. He was an elected member of the Community School Board 17 from 1996-1999 while serving as a program director in a local non- profit organization that served low-income, indigent, and high needs individuals in the heart of the 20th Senatorial District. He was a budget analyst and Director of Personnel. By 2003, Rubain was overseeing several million dollars of after-school and youth development grants.
  • He has been a transformational leader and expanded opportunities for local service providers in Central Brooklyn. Under his leadership, the number of minority contractors and service providers increased.
  • He has brought in millions of grant dollars for public schools in Crown Heights, East Flatbush, and Brownsville. He established a strong partnership between our Central Brooklyn schools and our flagship local institution of higher learning - Medgar Evers College.
  • He established a scholarship program for low-income and homeless students and developed an innovative program to increase the number of students from Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Flatbush, and East Flatbush being admitted into NYC Specialized High Schools.