Denise A. Gray has 25 years of experience in art and museums, serving 12 years at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), where she developed and managed community, family, youth, and teen programs. As an independent consultant, she has produced public programs and exhibitions at international galleries and museums, led public art projects for the City of Los Angeles and co-directed Summer Institute in Art Museum Studies at Smith College. Gray earned a B.A. in art history from Smith College and an M.S.Ed from Bank Street College. From 2002-2011, she served on the Executive Board of the Committee on Education for the American Association of Museums (AAM), and from 2011-2012 served on the Board of Museum Educators of Southern California. She has written and edited essays and books about contemporary art, exhibitions, and adolescents for Museum Education Roundtable and the National Art Education Association, including a chapter entitled "Art Empowering At-Risk and Opportunity Youth: A Case Study of artworxLA" for the 2016 Handbook of Research on the Facilitation of Civic Engagement through Community Art.