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Robin Ryan to Lead Literacy Network into 2023

Literacy Network is pleased to announce the appointment of Robin Ryan as the new Executive Director effective December 5, 2022.  Ryan’s experience in non-profit best practices and operating a social service program align with Literacy Network’s mission of supporting the goals of adult learners and their families.

“Robin’s non-profit leadership will allow Literacy Network to build upon our successful collaborations and partnerships in Dane County and maintain our service culture,” says Nicole Cuellar, Literacy Network Board President.  “She has a wealth of strategic planning, fiscal management and advocacy experience, which supports our mission of connecting communities and helping adult learners develop the skills they need to achieve their dreams.”

Ryan worked for 13 years in the legislative and executive branches of State government, and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at ARC Community Services, an agency with a $5.5 million budget. In her 12 years at ARC, Ryan has successfully applied for government grants, obtained new private foundation funding, secured financing to purchase a facility, and obtained a federal PPP loan and subsequent loan forgiveness. 

At ARC, Ryan has also focused on recruiting and hiring a diverse staff to reflect the client population, and in coordination with service managers, developed a training program to retain staff – both of which are goals at Literacy Network. 

“Key aspects of my philosophy for leadership are to strategize for the future, establish priorities, collaborate with funders and other community stakeholders, and provide support and necessary resources to staff who engage in direct service work so they may devote their full attention and energy to their work with clients,” says Ryan.  “I am honored to serve as the next Executive Director and am eager to work with the Literacy Network team to further the mission of supporting adult learners to enhance the quality of their lives.”  

Ryan further noted the dedication, skill, and hard work of the Board, leadership, staff, volunteers, donors, and students have made the Literacy Network a vital resource for adult learners and a community asset that contributes to the broader well-being of Dane County.

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