Date: July 8, 2010
Jeff Carter, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, ProLiteracy
Jeff Carter is ProLiteracy’s Director of Policy and Government Affairs. ProLiteracy, based in Syracuse, is the world’s largest organization of adult literacy programs, representing 1,200 U.S. member programs and 100 partner organizations in 50 developing countries. ProLiteracy advocates on behalf of adult learners and the programs that serve them, provides training and professional development, and publishes materials used in adult literacy instruction. As Director of Policy and Government Affairs, Mr. Carter is responsible for leading ProLiteracy’s public policy and advocacy work in Washington, and for establishing ProLiteracy’s new D.C.-based office.
Mr. Carter has also served as the Executive Director of D.C. LEARNs, Washington D.C.’s literacy coalition, for six years. D.C. LEARNs represents over 70 adult, child, and family literacy programs. In this role he directed all of D.C. LEARNs’ public policy, advocacy, and public awareness activities. The Brookings Institution and D.C. Appleseed are among the organizations that have cited D.C. LEARNs’ work in recent reports acknowledging the crucial role that literacy plays in strengthening the city’s economic and workforce development strategies. In 2006, Mr. Carter was asked by former Mayor Anthony Williams to represent the adult education field on the Mayor’s Adult Literacy Council. This body, made up of representatives from the public and private sectors, was established to develop recommendations and an action plan to strengthen the city’s adult literacy system.
Prior to his appointment to this position, Mr. Carter was the Education Technology Director for the Literacy Division at World Education, an international educational nonprofit organization based in Boston.
Mr. Carter received his B.A. from Providence College and earned a law degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston.
Mr. Carter is a guest blogger in the National Coalition for Literacy online discussion of Reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act, July 19 – August 6, 2010.
Date: July 8, 2010