Dr. Paul David Spradley, is a passionate advocate and change agent in the areas of education, youth development, and social justice. Spradley is an educator, mentor, seasoned public speaker, emcee and facilitator, consultant, ordained Elder and youth minister; and servant leader from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A proud graduate of the Pittsburgh Public School system, Spradley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Master’s of Science in Instructional Leadership from Robert Morris University. In 2017, he received his Doctorate in Education from the University of Pittsburgh where his research focus explored Care Based Practices by mentors of Black adolescent males.
Spradley currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA and is the CEO and co-founder of Care Based Leadership , LLC; a diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm that supports educational, corporate and faith based institutions.
Dr. Spradley is a board member of the Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation, a young professional board member with the Mentoring Partnership of Southwest Pennsylvania, serves on the Ministry Team at The Carnegie Adventist Simple Church, and serves as the President of the Robert Morris University Black Alumni Council. Spradley is a recipient of the Pittsburgh Cares Hero award, was inducted into the New Pittsburgh Couriers Fab 40 under 40, and received the Theodore Jones Outstanding Service to African American student’s award.
Dr. Spradley is married to the lovely and gifted Jessica Spradley who will be completing her Ph.D. in Education within the year. Paul and Jessica are the proud parents of 6 year old Hannah Grace and 3 year old Nia Hope... and in his spare time enjoys working out, training and competing in MMA and Brazillian Ju Jitsu, singing, acting, riding his motorcycle, exploring new places and foods. Though Spradley is often valued for his leadership, creativity, vision and strong communications skills, it’s his commitment to making those he encounters feel special and cared for, that defines the impact he has made and is making in the region. One of Dr. Spradley’s favorite quotes is, “progress over perfection”.