Washington Literacy Center Welcomes New Board Members

The Washington Literacy Center (WLC) is pleased to announce the addition of several new board members for the 2019-2021 term.

Francis Creighton, President & CEO of the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA), is a long-time veteran of Capitol Hill. Francis served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Chris Murphy and began his career in the office of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Prior to joining CDIA, Francis was EVP of Government Affairs at the Financial Services Roundtable Vice President and Chief Lobbyist at the Mortgage Bankers Association. Francis is an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University.

Sara Karrer is the Senior Development Officer for the Library of Congress, where she leverages her professional fundraising experience to develop and implement strategies to secure major gifts for exhibitions, scholarly programs, capital projects, and literacy initiatives, including the annual National Book Festival.

Michele Lieber is President of Blue Point DC, a boutique government relations, public affairs and crisis management practice. Michele is a government relations attorney with 25 years of expertise in the financial and auto industries and has served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University School of Business.

Candace Cunningham is a Community Organizer and Workforce Development Coordinator at the Restaurant Opportunities Center in Washington. Candace has a long history in the teaching profession as a tutor, mentor and instructor at the Orr and CW Harris Elementary Schools and more recently served as an adult literacy instructor and volunteer coordinator at WLC.

“We’re very fortunate to have such accomplished and dedicated individuals join WLC’s board,” said Jimmie Williams, President and Executive Director of the Washington Literacy Center. “Washington, DC is the tale of two cities. While it is one of the most literate cities in the U.S., it also has an unacceptably high number of adults with limited literacy and workforce skills. My goal is to make a significant impact in this community by raising funds to allow us to teach more students in need. I’m confident our new board members will help us achieve that goal.”

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. Starting off as an all-volunteer initiative, the WLC has grown into a dynamic nonprofit with professionally-trained instructors, and passionate volunteers. WLC removes the barrier by teaching basic skills to adults who read below a fifth-grade level, math for everyday use, computer literacy, workforce and occupational literacy, as well as a highly successful ESL class for new immigrants. www.washlit.org

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