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OUR TEAM

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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JIMMIE WILLIAMS

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

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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
ROBIN BARR - INTENSIVE AND PRE-INTENSIVE

ROBIN BARR, PH.D.

Senior Instructor

Reading for ESL Learners

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Associate Director of Education and Training

TERRELL DANLEY, JR.

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Instructor
Reading

AMY FINGERHUT

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BEN GERRARD

Volunteer Coordinator

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YOLANDA JOHNSON

Senior Instructor

Reading

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RYAN KNIGHT

Business Operations/
Development Coordinator

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PHILIP MOSLEY

Director of Finance and HR

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LISA WISHMAN

Instructor

Driver's Education

 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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LOUIS COSTANTINO

EVP/Managing Director

Government Relations

Managing Funds Assoc.

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FRANCIS CREIGHTON

President & CEO

Consumer Data Industry

Association (CDIA)

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CANDACE CUNNINGHAM

Workforce Development

Coordinator, Restaurant Opportunities Center

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LAISHA DOUGHERTY

Community Relations

Coordinator

DC PLUG

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TONY GITTENS

Founder and Director

Washington, DC International Film Festival

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DELESE HARVEY

Deputy Director

Disabled Veterans

National Foundation

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SARA KARRER

Senior Development Officer

Library of Congress

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MARY PANETTA
BOARD CHAIR

Director of Litigation
Winston & Strawn LLP

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MICHELE LIEBER

President

Blue Point DC

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LIZ RYAN

President

Sapphire Enterprises

 

WENDELL FELDER - CHAIR

MARKUS BATCHELOR

AJAN BROWN

ASHLEY CARTER

MELVIN CLAYTON

MARIA IBAÑEZ

TRAVIS NEMBHARD

BRAKEYSHIA SAMM

ARTHUR SIDNEY, ESQ.     

NAOMI SHELTON

SHASHRINA THOMAS       

KAREN L. WILLIAMS

ADVISORY COUNCIL

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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