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Washington Literacy Center appoints Wendell Felder as Advisory Council Chair


March 6, 2019



Fourth generation Washingtonian committed to education of DC residents

Washington, DC – Washington Literacy Center President Jimmie Williams today announced the appointment of DC community activist Wendell Felder as the Center’s Advisory Council Chair. Mr. Felder currently serves as Community Development Manager in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.

Mr. Felder is a graduate of McKinley Technology High School, Bowie State University and a recent graduate of Georgetown University, where he obtained his master’s degree in urban and regional planning.

“We’re grateful to have such a committed advocate in this important position,” said Jimmie Williams. “I know Wendell was inspired by the challenges that his family members faced, which taught him the value of hard work and education, and the Washington Literacy Center and residents of DC are the fortunate beneficiaries of this inspiration.”

Mr. Felder previously served as the Traveling Chief of Staff to City Administrator Rashad Young where he directed and managed daily operations, site visits, special projects and travel. Prior to his role with the City Administrator, Mr. Felder served as Mayor Bowser’s Ward 7 Liaison where he advocated for 73,000+ residents addressing a wide variety of community issues and concerns while ensuring that residents had access to city services and programs.

“Education plays a key role in success, and I encourage everyone to pursue education at all stages of life,” said Mr. Felder. “My motto is, ‘It’s not how you start out in life, but rather the legacy you leave behind.’”

About the Washington Literacy Center

The Washington Literacy Center (WLC) has been helping DC residents with the greatest barriers and fewest resources learn to read since 1963. For approximately 90,000 of DC’s adults, low literacy skills are a barrier to just about everything – completing their education, getting and keeping a decent job, and staying out of poverty. Thirty six percent of all DC residents are functioning at the lowest rates of literacy - the WLC teaches basic skills to adults who read below a fifth grade level, as well as math for everyday use, computer, health, workforce and occupational literacy. We prepare our students for better jobs, continued education and real opportunities by providing them with hands-on opportunities. If you wish to volunteer or donate resources, go to:

Contact: Annette Larkin,, (703) 772-6427

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