Deray Mckesson, a prominent Black Lives’ Matter (BLM) activist, was hired as interim chief human capital officer of Baltimore City Public Schools on Tuesday, The Baltimore Sun reported.
Mckesson, 30, will manage of a budget of $4 million and 56 employees, earning a salary of $165,000, according to The Sun.
A Baltimore native, Mckesson recently campaigned for mayor of Baltimore, where he finished 6th among the field in the Democratic primary.
While his candidacy for mayor was a long shot, the campaign drew outsized media attention, as he is one of the most recognizable BLM activists.
Mckesson became a central figure in the BLM movement after he drove from Minneapolis to Ferguson in 2014 to protest the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager killed August 9, 2014. Mckesson quit his job, then senior director of human capital for Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), to become a full time activist.
Prior to his role at MPS, he was the special assistant in the office of human capital with Baltimore City Public Schools.