LEADERSHIP & BOARD OF DIRECTORS

We are passionate about our work and our commitment to dismantle structural racism through antiracist early literacy instruction, and create equity in education. The CLI team brings an interdisciplinary lens to every aspect of our work. Get to know our leadership teams and board of directors below.

National Leadership

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Joel Zarrow, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

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Erica Holmes-Ware

Chief Academic Officer

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Naimah Bilal

Chief Development Officer

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Reina Prowler

Chief Financial Officer

Deputy Executive Director

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Caryn Henning

Director of Content Development & Program Design

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Todd Gehllng

Director of Technology Strategy

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Jordanne Owen

Director of Multimedia &
E-Learning Technologies

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Brian Johnson

Director of Diversity,
Equity, & Inclusion

Service-Delivery Leadership

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Jill Valunas

Regional Executive Director

SDP & Business Development

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Mary List

Regional Executive Director

Chicago

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Michelle Allen

Regional Executive Director

Philadelphia-Metro

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Michele LaCoursiere

Regional Executive Director

Broward County, FL

Board of Directors

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POSITION

ORGANIZATION

BOARD TITLE

Sandra LaFleur

Director, Social Change Initiatives
Miami Dade College

Chair

Gerald Mosely

President
CP&P Development, LLC
Vice-Chair
Victoria Raivitch
Principal
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Treasurer
Mary Klein
Retired Educator
N/A
Secretary
Richard Berkman
Of Council
Dechert LLP
 
David J. Bloom
Senior Vice President
Merrill Lynch
 
John Bonow
Managing Director & CEO

Public Financial Mgmt.

 
Henri Crockett
Co-Founder & President
Crockett Foundation
 
Nelson Flores
Assistant Professor
University of Penn.
 
Frank Gettridge
Executive Director
National Public Education Support Fund
 
Steve Piltch, Ed.D.

Senior Fellow
Director, School Leadership Program

Graduate School of Education University of Pennsylvania
 
Adam Spector
Managing Partner
Brandywine Global Investment Management, LLC
 
Lori Taylor
Senior Counsel
Foley & Lardner LLP
 
Jacqueline Woolley
Atty. & Counselor at Law
Dailey LLP
 
Joel Zarrow
CEO
Children's Literacy Initiative
 

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