About Dr. Georgette Grier-Key

Georgette Grier-Key, Ed.D. –  Dr. Grier-Key is currently the Executive Director and Curator of Eastville Community Historical Society of Sag Harbor, New York, the Vice President of the Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies, Cultural Partner for Sylvester Manor of Shelter Island, New York, and guest curator at various outlets, namely the Sara Nightingale Gallery of Watermill, New York and the Suffolk County Historical Society of Riverhead, New York.  She is also an advisor to the Long Island Indigenous People Museum and Research Institute.

Arguably, she is one of the most outspoken advocates for the preservation and celebration of Long Island history with an emphasis on African-American, Native-American and Mixed-Heritage historical reconstruction.  Dr. Grier-Key contributes commentary regularly to local media outlets such as Newsday, Sag Harbor Express, Southampton Press, 27 East, Long Island Advance, East Hampton Star, Long Island Pulse, CBS New York and News 12; delivers lectures at CUNY Graduate Center, LIU Brooklyn, Hofstra University, Dowling College, and Suffolk County Community College; publishes her research in the Long Island History Journal and the Suffolk County Historical Society Register; serves on the Black History Commission of the Town of Brookhaven and lends her services as a docent and special events volunteer at the Parrish Art Museum of Watermill, New York.  Moreover, in her capacity as Town of Brookhaven Black History Commission trustee and founding member of the Pyrrhus Concer Action Committee (P.C.A.C.), Dr. Grier-Key has raised awareness about and fights to protect endangered historic African American sites on Long Island’s East End.

Champion of the rights and welfare of all Long Islanders, Dr. Grier-Key held an appointed position on the Suffolk County Women’s Advisory Commission, assumed the role of executive secretary for NAACP Eastern Long Island Branch, and acted as moderator and original local planning committee member for the 2010 National Think Tank for African American Progress Long Island, co-chairing the Health and Fundraising/Advertising Committees. Dr. Grier-Key has been elected for three terms and now serves as the President of the South Country Library Board; serves as a director on the Long Island Housing Services and advisors to various civic and educational organizations specifically, the Institute of International Studies and Diversity (IISD) of Dowling College, director of the South Country Community Conference, advisor for E.M.E.R.G.E, (Empowering Minorities through Educational Research Government & Private Enterprise), and organizer for B.R.I.C (Brookhaven Residents in Control). Dr. Grier-Key has recently been awarded the Legacy Award from the NAACP, Islip Town Branch this past January. If she could answer the question “ What is you legacy?’ her answer would be “To continue to be a voice for the voiceless and provide hope to the hopeless, to help somebody.”


Doctorate of Education, Ed.D., 2012

Dowling College, Oakdale, New York School of Education, Department of Educational Administration, Leadership and Technology, Degree requirements met May 2012, Degree conferred August 31, 2012 Dissertation title: Not-for-Profit Cultural Enterprise Leader Behavior, Social Relationships, Advocacy, Financial Skills, and Institution Sustainability. Final Submission date: July 19, 2012

Master of Arts, M.A., 2004

Major: Education, Concentration: Art Education Adelphi University, Garden City, New York Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, Degree conferred May 21, 2004

Bachelor of Arts, B.A., 2002

Major: Visual Arts, Concentration: Electronic Media State University of New York at Old Westbury, Old Westbury, New York School of Art and Sciences, Degree conferred December 19, 2002

Associate in Applied Science, A.A.S., 1998

Major: Marketing, Concentration: Business Nassau Community College A Part of the State University of New York, Garden City, New York, Degree conferred August 21, 1998


Leading in Community Leadership, 2015 Leadership Development for Nonprofit Professionals and Community Leaders Adelphi University, Garden City, New York, Completed April 3, 2015

Financial and Entrepreneurship Readiness Certificate, 2011 Corporate Programs and Continuing Education Dowling College, Oakdale, New York, Completed December 10, 2011


Real Estate Broker, Expiration October 2016 Notary Public, Expiration February 2019


  • Buyer Broker, The American Real Estate School, 2014
  • Buyer Broker, The American Real Estate School, 2011
  • Fair Housing, The American Real Estate School, 2011
  • Title Closer Certification, Lisore Real Estate School, Inc., 2008
  • Human Rights and Fair Housing, Lisore Real Estate School, Inc 2008
  • Municipal Planning and Zoning, Wilbur F. Center for Real Estate Studies, Hofstra University, 2008
  • Municipal Planning and Zoning, Wilbur F. Center for Real Estate Studies, Hofstra University, 2007
  • Real Estate Brokers certification, The American Real Estate School, 2006
  • Commercial Real Estate Leases (M-5608), Long Island Board of Realtors, 2004
  • Making the Right Decision (M-1867), Long Island Board of Realtors, 2004
  • Tax Advantages of Home Ownership (M-3419), Long Island Board of Realtors, 2001
  • Methods of Residential Financing (M-3423), Long Island Board of Realtors, 2001
  • Pricing Property to Sell (M-3421), Long Island Board of Realtors, 2001
  • Realtor Certification, Long Island Board of Realtors, 2000
  • Multiple Listing Service Procedures and Rules, Long Island Board of Realtors, 1999
  • Affirmative Marketing, Long Island Board of Realtors, 1999
  • Century 21 Plus Training, Century 21 Real Estate Corporation, 1999


Non- profit management specialist equipped with a wealth of experience from both business and non-profit management that provides consultant services to various organizations with insight, knowledge and capacity. Providing unique capabilities such as organizational and leadership development, strategic and business planning, board development and evaluation, fundraising, marketing, financial management and human resource development to small and medium sized organizations throughout the New York State area. Effectively demonstrates process improvement initiatives skills an incorporation of systems modalities.


♦ Intellectual Entrepreneurship ♦ Continuous Improvement ♦ Appreciative Inquiry ♦ Conflict for Positive Change ♦ Consensus-Based Decision Making ♦ Multi-Cultural Competence Capacity Building ♦ Dialogue across Differences


Reconstructing the Black experience, the historic life and patterns of Africa Diasporas of the North America (particularly of Long Island, New York), with a focus on pre through post Northern slavery and Free Black communes. Through various disciplines retracing various intersections of multi-ethnicity, religious institutions, great migration, post civil war, art, advertisement, labor, war, publications, policy, material culture, gender, race, and class structure and its translation in education and preservation outlets today through advocacy.