The Washington Literacy Center has assembled an accomplished team to carry out its mission. Our Board and staff consist of experienced professionals who bring years of experience in the areas of literacy and adult education. Our distinguished team brings passion for comprehensive change and a dedication to advocating on literacy issues, and developing and providing innovative programs to help solve those problems.
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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I joined Washington Literacy Center in 2016 as Executive Director, after a distinguished career in external affairs and brand management for Fortune 500 companies and industry leaders such as McDonald’s, Freddie Mac and Bank of America. My goal is to solidify and expand Washington Literacy Center’s 50-year history of
empowering DC adults to achieve their education and employment goals by providing basic yet life-changing skills in literacy and technology.
I bring a seasoned business acumen with particular
strengths in strategic communications, revenue growth and operational efficiency. An ardent believer in collaboration and engagement, I have achieved success in convening and leading high-performing teams that have included federal and state agencies, Political Action Committees, trade associations, media and community groups.
I currently serve on the board of the Asian Pacific American Congressional Institute of Congressional Studies (APAICS) and am the immediate past president of the Penn Branch Citizens Civic Association. I am a graduate of Howard University and reside in Ward 7.
INSTRUCTORS & STAFF
Reading for ESL Learners
ROBIN BARR, PH.D.
AMY CHALLE, MSW
JumpStart 2 Success
ESL & Adult Literacy
Sr. Case Manager
EVITA LEONARD SMEDLEY
Senior Director of Education, Strategy and Implementation
MICHELLE NICKENS, MDiv
JumpStart 2 Success
WM. PARKER RULISON
Chief Operations Officer
Director of Marketing
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It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.
- S.I. Hayakawa