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Rebecca Chandler Leege

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Rebecca Chandler Leege is Worldreader’s new Chief Executive Officer. From 2018-2023, Rebecca led Worldreader’s impact across the globe as Chief Impact Officer, helping the nonprofit reach over 22 million readers and transforming the organization’s strategy to be laser-focused on getting children reading across under-resourced communities. With more than 25 years of people-centered global leadership experience, … Continue Reading →

Deborah Backus

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Deborah Backus

Deborah leads the design and harmonization of global services for Worldreader to drive reading engagement in under-resourced communities. Her 20-year career has spanned refugee assistance with UNHCR, policy and governance reform with foreign governments, EdTech innovation funding, and organizational change as a management consultant. A believer in the power of collaboration and human-centered design, she … Continue Reading →

Wendi Yen Huestis

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An experienced leader of mission-driven organizations, Wendi Yen Huestis has worked as a C-level executive in fundraising, business development, marketing, and communications for over 20 years, impacting local and global initiatives by raising more than $155 million over her career. Wendi’s personal mission is to build and strengthen relevant, innovative, and equitable organizations by reimagining … Continue Reading →

Colin McElwee

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Colin McElwee

As Co-Founder of Worldreader, Colin focuses on developing and growing key partnerships, putting to good use his for-profit and non-profit experience across the globe. Most recently, Colin was the first director of marketing at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, where he helped establish the school’s reputation as a world-class business education provider. Prior to that, … Continue Reading →

Walter Alvarado

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Walter Alvarado

As the Regional Director for Peru and Latin America, Walter oversees the operation with strong focus on leading strategy, developing and growing key partnerships, and assuring accurate implementation of our programs in schools and at home. He has around 20 years of experience in corporate affairs, business communications, and sustainability, working for wonderful brands and … Continue Reading →

Veronica Gutierrez

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Veronica Gutierrez

As the Senior Director of Global Human Resources, Veronica focuses on developing and leading HR strategies globally across Worldreader. Some of these strategies include workforce planning, talent management, employee relations, and regulatory compliance. She brings over 18 years of HR experience to Worldreader from growing start-up companies to mid-size. Enhancing the employee experience is her … Continue Reading →

Olivia Kimani

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Olivia Kimani

Olivia is a Director, Partnerships and Services, Kenya at Worldreader. She provides strategy, oversight, technical direction, and implementation of social and behavior change communication across various geographical regions. Olivia has over 20 years of experience in communications, working as a marketing specialist, a creative director in top ad agencies, brand strategist, and developing award-winning social … Continue Reading →

Pradeep Kumar

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Pradeep Kumar

Pradeep is the Director of Programs and Partnerships, and plays a significant role in advancing Worldreader’s work in India. He leads the expansion of Worldreader programs in India across many states in the government and affordable private school sectors. Pradeep, an alumnus of the University of Delhi, has been working in the Indian development sector … Continue Reading →

Leslie Tettey

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Leslie Tettey

As the Regional Director for West Africa, Leslie leads Worldreader’s strategy and programs with a focus of getting children in the region reading so that they can reach their potential. He brings over 15 years of experience in project management, monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) and institutional capacity building in social development and has served … Continue Reading →

Matthew Troy

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Matthew’s focus is on building the relationships that help Worldreader grow its funding and get more children reading. Matthew brings over a decade of nonprofit leadership experience to Worldreader and is passionate about helping young people to reach their potential. Prior to joining, Matthew served as Executive Director for two nonprofit organizations and specialized in … Continue Reading →

Kristen Walter

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Kristen Walter

Kristen, the U.S. Programs Director, has worked in education for the last twenty years. Her previous positions include Director of Education for Reading In Motion, Teaching and Learning Manager for Crayola, and classroom educator. Kristen’s education-focused career has centered around creating partnerships that benefit all children. She was recognized as a Yale Distinguished Music Educator, … Continue Reading →

Heidi Williams

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Heidi Williams

Heidi joined Worldreader as one of our first volunteers in 2010 and now leads our Accounting and Administration team, focusing on accounting, audit, and facilities administration. Prior to joining Worldreader, she worked in financial services and business management but attributes her keen organizational skill to the time she spent away from the workforce raising and … Continue Reading →