Karl W. Reid

Portrait of Karl ReidBackground and Experience

Dr. Karl W. Reid was named executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) in June 2014, marking his return to the organization that gave him his first major leadership experience, 32 years earlier. For the past 19 years, he has been a leading advocate for increasing college access, opportunity and success for low-income and minority youth.

Dr. Reid came to NSBE from the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), where he oversaw new program development, research and capacity building for the organization’s 37 historically black colleges and universities, and held the title of senior vice president for research, innovation and member college engagement. Before his service at UNCF, he worked in positions of progressive responsibility to increase diversity at his alma mater, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which he left as associate dean of undergraduate education and director of the Office of Minority Education. While working at MIT as director of engineering outreach programs, Dr. Reid earned his Doctor of Education degree at Harvard University. His dissertation explored the interrelationship of race, identity and academic achievement.

Dr. Reid sits on the DC STEM Council, and holds memberships in the American Association of Engineering Societies, the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), and the American Society of Association Executives. He was recently named a Top 100 Executive in America by Uptown Professional magazine.

“I am serving on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council because when the topic of diversity is raised in mixed settings, the conversation often becomes polarized along demographic and ideological lines.  For organizations to thrive, they must foster an inclusive climate, one in which every student, faculty, staff member, and manager, regardless of the demographic from which they come or with which they identify, can feel they can bring their whole selves into the university and the workplace. In short, I am interested in participating on the Board to contribute to, and learn from the process of operationalizing the aspiration of a truly inclusive campus at scale.”