Becky Raymond of Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition Preaching the Importance of Adult Literacy
Becky Raymond, the Executive Director of the Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition who helps advocate for those who don’t possess professional skills, including reading and writing beyond the basic level joins Enterprise Radio.
Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Becky Raymond discuss the following:
- Can you tell me about CCLC and how you got involved?
- There are nearly 800,000 adult Chicagoans who don’t possess professional skills, including reading and writing, beyond the basic level. How does this impact these individuals in this ever-evolving world?
- How can you help these individuals who don’t possess these professional skills?
- Does CCLC help guide individuals on the career path? Tell me about last year’s Careers De Mayo and will another job fair be held this spring?
- Can you tell us about this year’s CCLC Literacy Rally?
Becky Raymond is a solutions-focused Senior Executive and Adult Literacy Expert with more than 20 years of success spanning education, adult literacy, and professional development. Leveraging extensive experience in hands-on leadership for a variety of non-profits and community organizations, her broad areas of expertise include non-profits, project management, workforce development, philanthropy, talent management, funding, research, social media and communications, and program management.
Throughout her executive career, Becky has held leadership positions with the Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition, the Jane Addams Resource Corporation, Project Read of North San Mateo County, and San Francisco City College.
After spending several years with community learning centers in the Bay Area, she returned to the Chicago area, and in 2004 she joined the Jane Addams Resource Corp (JARC). At JARC she managed the adult learners program and services. She then moved up to become Director of Development, where she led all of the agency’s development efforts, including an initiative to launch its award-winning manufacturing bridge training program. Becky also served as the North Central Regional Representative for the organization ProLiteracy America at national, regional, and state conferences. She brought her extensive knowledge of adult learning and training to her current role as the Executive Director of the Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition (CCLC), where she has played a central role in its funding and annual budget growth, securing philanthropic and competitive grants to support projects, and increased the organization’s visibility through print communications and social media, resulting in a 150% increase in membership.
Becky also served as the Co-Principal Investigator for key research conducted by the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, responsible for coordinating surveys, focus groups, and case studies, and for data analysis and policy recommendations later published by CCLC.
Becky holds a BA (Magna Cum Laude) in Sociology from Northern Illinois University.
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