Staff

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Pam Allyn

Founder

Pam is a world-renowned literacy expert, author and motivational speaker. She is the Founder of LitWorld and LitLife, and a champion for children everywhere.

Favorite Children's Book: Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

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Dorothy Lee

Executive Director

Dorothy is a change leader who has focused on growing LitWorld through strategic partnerships and creative approaches since 2009.

Favorite Children’s Book: I’ll Be You and You Be Me by Ruth Krauss

 

Programming

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Oriana Seastone Stern

Director of Program Operations

Oriana believes that great education means giving children the tools to be empowered, self advocates, and the authors of their own lives.

Favorite Author: Amitav Ghosh
 

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Juliana Vélez

 

HerStory Campaign Manager

Juliana advocates for gender equality and human rights by amplifying the voices and stories of women and girls around the world. 

Favorite Author: Alice Walker

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Amber Peterson

Director of Program Innovation

Amber is an educator who believes passionately in the power of story and who helps young people change the world. 

Favorite Book: Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara
 

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Jennifer Estrada

 

HerStory Campaign Director

Jennifer leads our work to amplify the voices of young women and girls and share their stories in powerful ways that change their communities and the world.

Favorite Children's Book: Matilda by Roald Dahl 

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Marielle Ali

Program Coordinator

Marielle is a global citizen who strives for social justice impact both locally and internationally. 

Favorite Children's Book: Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti by Gerald McDermott 

Operations and Development

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Anxhelina Prenika

Director of Operations & HR

At her core, Anxhelina is a strategic thinker with a passion for operations management, who enjoys challenging and impactful work that strives to make a difference in children's lives.

Favorite Book: Three Comrades by Erich Maria Remarque

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Jodi Harris

 

Donor Engagement Lead

Jodi is a dot connector and ambassador of gratitude who cultivates relationships by listening and matching interests and values to our aspirations for growth.

Favorite Children's Book: Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems

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Monica Valentin

Operations & Development Coordinator

Monica brings her commitment to supporting families from her time as a social worker in the Bronx to our work with children all over the world. 

Favorite Book: Valley of Secrets by Charmian Hussey


On-the-Ground Team

One of LitWorld's core values is community expertise. Through our trusted partner organizations in local communities, we rely on local leaders to help fulfill the work and mission of LitWorld. Together, we create sustainable, inclusive, and culturally-responsive programs.

Meet our On-the-Ground team!


Leadership

LitWorld relies on an extensive network of strong leaders to support and advise our strategy, goals, and future outcomes. Click the link for each group to learn more.

Board of Directors

Advisory Council

Young Professionals Network