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Diane Inverso, M.Ed.
Executive Director

 

Diane C. Inverso was appointed to serve as Executive Director of the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy (MCOL) by Mayor Jim Kenney and has rejoined the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board for Philadelphia Works, Inc. With over 25 years of experience working for MCOL, she is an adult education expert on matters related to workforce literacy, family literacy, TANF literacy services, and professional development.  In 2016, MCOL through an Executive Order changed its name to the Office of Adult Education (OAE).  In 2018 OAE was situated within the new Office of Workforce Development.  Within that Office Diane’s role is Senior Director of Education and Training.

In 2014, Diane was instrumental in creating OAE’s myPLACE℠ program, a system of more than 30 adult education providers that coordinate and deliver Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, GED® preparation, digital skills training, and career preparation to nearly 5,000 adults per year. The initiative was developed to address Philadelphia’s staggering adult literacy crisis—nearly half of the adults in Philadelphia lack the necessary credentials and basic skills required of family-sustaining employment.

Also, part of Diane’s work at OAE is to oversee the management of the KEYSPOT network.  KEYSPOTS are the City public access computing centers.  In light of her work with the KEYSPOT network, Mayor Kenney invited Diane to be an advisory member of Philadelphia’s Digital Alliance.

Throughout her career, Diane coordinated more than 50 conferences for adult education and workforce development professionals. Most notably, the Commission on Adult Basic Education’s (COABE) National Conference in 2007, the Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education (PAACE) Conference in 2009, and MCOL’S annual Technology and Adult Education Conference.

Diane was a former member of the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board for seven years, the Adult Basic and Literacy Education Administrator’s Association, the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Coalition, and past-president of PAACE. She was appointed by Governor Rendell to serve on the Pennsylvania Adult Basic and Literacy Education Interagency Coordinating Council in 2010.  Currently, Diane is a member on the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Civic Affairs Steering Committee and Philadelphia Workforce Development Steering Committee.

Diane has been acknowledged for her commitment to the field with the Excellence in Adult Literacy Award as part of the “Women of Courage, Women of Inspiration” awards in 2008, the national award for Adult Basic Education Administrator of the Year Award by COABE in 2010, and Outstanding Adult Educator Award for Pennsylvania in 2012.

Diane has presented at many national, state, and local conferences and has published articles in: The Pennsylvania ABLE Staff Handbook, 1998 Edition; Fieldnotes for ABLE Administrators, 2003 Edition; ABLE in Context, 2010; and Leveraging Technology in Adult Education, COABE, Summer 2017.  Diane holds a Master’s and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Temple University.

Phone: (215) 686-5253 | Email: Diane.Inverso@phila.gov

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