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The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy Announces New Executive Director

21 April 2016

The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy (the Commission) today announced that Diane C. Inverso will serve as Executive Director of the Commission. With over 25 years of experience working for the Commission, Ms. Inverso is an adult education expert on matters related to workforce education, family literacy, TANF literacy services, adult program development, and professional development.  Ms. Inverso has focused the work of the Commission on adult work-readiness for the City’s large, under-educated population through increasing the quality and access to adult education and ESL programs.

In 2014, Ms. Inverso was instrumental in creating the Commission’s myPLACE℠ program, a system of more than 30 adult education providers that coordinate and deliver Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, Adult Secondary Education preparation, digital skills training, and career preparation to nearly 5,000 adults each year.

“Diane has spent the greater part of two decades working tirelessly on behalf of Philadelphia’s adult learners. Her commitment and field expertise helped her to create myPLACE℠, the City’s first formal system for adult education that has already served 10,000 adults since its inception in 2014,” said Mayor Kenney in a statement. “In her new role as Executive Director, I am confident that she will continue to develop innovative solutions to improve the basic literacy and work-readiness of our diverse workforce.”

Ms. Inverso oversees the Commission’s work with a variety of City departments, adult education groups, community organizations, religious leaders, and adult learners to support and expand literacy services and education opportunities for adults. The Commission recommends policies, programs, and services to ensure that adults are provided literacy services so they are better prepared to perform in a competitive workforce.

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