The Literacy Empowerment Action Project Announces New Executive Director

Literacy Empowerment Action Project | December 21, 2016


DATE:                               December 21, 2016

CONTACTS:             Tracy Chiles McGhee, Co-Founder & Member, Board of Directors :

                                         Courtney Bennett, Executive Director :

The Literacy Empowerment Action Project Announces New Executive Director

Washington, DC -- The Literacy Empowerment Action Project (LEAP) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Courtney D. Bennett as Executive Director effective immediately. The Board's action comes with the fullest confidence that Courtney will be an excellent steward of LEAP's mission and a trailblazer and advocate for global literacy development. The Board recognizes that Courtney is a leader who, with extensive experience scaling initiatives from ideas to implementation, is the right person to expand the organization's ambitious, multi-phase literacy, school improvement and youth empowerment agendas.

"I've known Courtney for five years, and can attest to her passion and commitment around literacy and education as tools for empowerment in developing communities. She opens doors, creates possibilities, and genuinely cares about the world," reported Kwame Alexander, Co-founder, and LEAP Board Chair. “Courtney will bring leadership and creativity to the organization, and a deep sense of commitment to our mission, in general, and supporting girls’ access to education through the secondary level, in particular.  She has served nonprofits at all program, fundraising, executive and leadership levels, and has a breadth of perspective and experience, and we are so fortunate that she has stepped in this role.”

Before joining LEAP, Courtney had more than 10 years’ experience leading youth advocacy efforts mainly around education and social justice as well as out-of-school time programming. Courtney has held diverse global leadership positions and has served as the architect of several STEM education and service-learning curriculums.  In addition, Courtney worked in the International Affairs Department of the American Federation of Teachers where she supported and advanced AFT’s global agenda. Her concentration and research mainly addressed girls’ education including: barriers, education and equity, the role of the private sector in education, education as a matter of national security, and challenges faced as the global education movement moves to a global learning movement. She continues to serve with multiple working groups shaping local, national and global policies and programs that benefit the Global Campaign for Education for All; and leads an out-of-school time literacy program in the District of Columbia.

“Working with LEAP will allow me to continue my commitment to making a difference in education, and I feel confident that I can offer fresh solutions in support of the organization’s LEAP for Ghana initiative,” remarks Courtney.  “For all the world’s children the path that leads away from poverty and despair towards a future full of hope and promise starts with quality education; and intentionally providing education for and empowering women and girls is vital to developing sustainable communities.  I’m excited to join the Literacy Empowerment Action Project to play a key role in supporting the students of Timber Nkwanta SDA School with their educational goals."

The Literacy Empowerment Action Project (LEAP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing innovative literacy, school improvement, and youth development programming to developing communities. The Nikki Giovanni Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to students and their families to ensure successful transition into secondary school. 

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