Trey Grayson has served as Director since January 2011, after previously serving six years on the IOP's Senior Advisory Committee.
Grayson is a recognized expert on civic education, the political beliefs of Millennials (18- to 29-year-olds), civility in politics and governing, and election administration, with a focus on presidential primary and voter registration reforms.
Grayson served two terms as Kentucky's Secretary of State from 2004-11. Upon his election in his first run for political office in November of 2003, he became the youngest Secretary of State in the country. During his tenure, Grayson was recognized as a national leader in business services and government innovation – modernizing the Secretary's office by bringing more services online and enhancing Kentucky’s election laws through several legislative packages – and for reviving the civic mission of Kentucky schools by leading the effort to restore civics education in the classroom.
Grayson served as President of the National Association of Secretaries of State from 2009-2010 and held a variety of other prominent national leadership positions, including serving as Chair of the Republican Association of Secretaries of State.
An attorney prior to his election, Grayson graduated with honors from Harvard College (A.B., Government, 1994), where he was an IOP student leader. Grayson also holds graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky (J.D. / M.B.A., 1998).
Grayson and his wife, Nancy, reside in Belmont, Massachusetts with their two daughters, Alex and Kate.