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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

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 am also currently President of the Penn Branch Citizens Civic Association and serve on the boards of the Asian Pacific American Congressional Institute of Congressional Studies (APAICS) and Federation of Citizens Associations of the District of Columbia. I am a graduate of Howard University and reside in Ward 7.

 
INSTRUCTORS & STAFF
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ROBIN BARR, PH.D.

Senior Instructor

Reading for ESL Learners

ANDRIENNE DANFORTH

Senior Instructor

Reading & Math

ALLIA DIAMOND

Student Services

TOM HAY

Development Manager

ROO GEORGE-WARREN

Instructor

Digital Literacy

KIRSTEN HAGEN

Instructor

Reading

TEMP JOHNSON

Instructor

Math

YOLANDA JONES

Senior Instructor

Reading

CHRISTINA KEEN, LGSW

Director Social Services

ROSE JOYNER

Data Operations Manager

KEISHA KING

Instructor

Workforce/Occupational Literacy

MARTHA TANSEY

Senior Instructor

Reading

JEFF MOORE, PH.D.

Instructor

Math

LISA WISHMAN

Instructor

Driver's Education

 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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LOUIS COSTANTINO

EVP and Managing Director Government Relations

Managed Funds Association

CANDACE CUNNINGHAM

Workforce Development Coordinator

Restaurant Opportunities Center

DANIEL HAYDEN

BOARD CHAIR

Managing Director

Blue Green Ventures

FRANCIS CREIGHTON

President & CEO

Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA)

LAISHA DOUGHERTY

Community Relations Coordinator

DC PLUG

SARA KARRER

Senior Development Officer

Library of Congress

TONY GITTENS

Founder and Director Washington, DC International Film Festival

DELESE HARVEY

Deputy Director

Disabled Veterans National Foundation

MARY PANETTA

Director of Practice Operations Litigation Department

Winston & Strawn LLP

MICHELE LIEBER

President

Blue Point DC

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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MARTHA TANSEY - INSTRUCTOR

It has been wonderful to see the world of reading open up for the students at WLC. I started volunteering at WLC and eventually became a Wilson certified instructor and now teach classes. I have a BA from DePauw University and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Minnesota. I have taught English in public schools and ESL with the Peace Corps, but most of my life has been spent as a librarian in a public library. In my free time I love to cook, read, and garden.