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Our voluntary advisors have deep experience in most substantive areas of ALP interest. They may occasionally suggest topics for ALP attention or carry out adult education projects of their own within the ALP framework.

The roster of advisors currently includes –

bahr Mortan Bahr, President Emeritus, Communications Workers of America; past leadership positions with Union Network International and AFL-CIO; Chairman, Commission for a Nation of Lifelong Learners; Member, National Commission on Adult Literacy; currently Board President, Elderly Housing Development & Operations Corporation.
chisman Forrest Chisman, Former Vice President, Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy; Founder & Past President, Southport Institute for Policy Analysis; formerly Director of Project on Federal Social Role, Deputy Administrator for Policy (Carter) and Director of Planning and Policy Coordination, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Department of Commerce; Aspen Institute and Markle Foundation.
crandall JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall, Emerita Professor of Education and Director of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Language, Literacy, and Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus; formerly Vice President of Center for Applied Linguistics.
darling Sharon Darling, founder and President, National Center for Families Learning (formerly National Center for Family Literacy); Member, National Commission on Adult Literacy.
feldman Cheryl Feldman, Executive Director, 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund (for Philadelphia Hospital and Health Care Employees) and Breslin Learning Center in Center City Philadelphia. 1199C is a labor-management educational trust fund.
fleischman John Fleischman, nationally-recognized technology and distance learning expert – Director and Manager of Technology Services, including the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) and Cybersteps, a national distance learning project.
jones Debra Jones, Dean, Career Education Practices, Workforce & Economic Development Division, California Community Colleges Chancellors Office, Sacramento; Member, Advisory Committee for the California Community Colleges Economic Philanthropy; former State ABE Director.
king Cheryl King, National & Kentucky State Education Consultant; formerly President of Kentucky Wesleyan College; Deputy Secretary and Commissioner of Adult Education and Workforce Development in Kentucky, and Vice President for Adult Education, KY Council on Postsecondary Education; Study Director, National Commission on Adult Literacy.
kirsch Irwin Kirsch, Director, Center for Global Assessment, Ralph W. Tyler Chair in Large Scale Assessment (2012), Educational Testing Service; International Survey Director for PIAAC; Head of ETS-funded commission “Restoring Opportunity in America"; co-author and author of numerous renowned monographs and research reports, including America’s Perfect Storm.
lamont Bridget Lamont, Vice Chair, U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science; Past Chair and Board Member, Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board; former Illinois Chief State Librarian; Member, National Commission on Adult Literacy.
marshall Hon. Ray Marshall, Former U.S. Secretary of Labor (Carter); Rapoport Centennial Chair in Economics and Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin; Member, National Skills Standards Board and Advisory Commission on Labor Diplomacy (Clinton); Co-Chair, New Commission on Skills of the American Workforce and of the New Commission on Skills of the American Workforce in a Global Economy; Member, National Commission on Adult Literacy.
mccain Mary McCain, Senior Vice President, Tech Vision 21; formerly Director of Commission on Technology and Adult Learning of National Governors’ Association and American Society for Training and Development; former ASTD V.P. for U.S. and International Policy and Public Leadership. Author of The Power of Technology to Transform Adult Learning: Expanding Access to Adult Education & Workforce Skills Through Distance Learning.
McHugh Margie McHugh, Director, National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, Migration Policy Institute; formerly Executive Director of The New York Immigration Coalition and Deputy Director of NYC’s 1990 Census Project. Served on the Commission on the Future of the City University of New York and the New York Workers’ Rights Board.
mcnelly Jennifer McNelly, President, The Manufacturing Institute, National Association of Manufacturers and lead designer of NAM’s pioneering Manufacturing Skills Certification System; formerly high-level positions with U.S. Department of Labor including Director of Regional Innovation and Transformation; earlier served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, LLC, a consulting firm that helped Fortune 500 companies build strategic workforce development partnerships with government.
medlock Robert Medlock, Deputy Executive Director, Consortium for Worker Education, New York City; formerly CWE Director of Operations and Assistant Executive Director for Policy; Board Member, Construction Skills Inc.
musick Mark Musick, James Quillen Chair, East Tennessee State University; President Emeritus, Southern Regional Education Board (SREB); Chaired Board of National Assessment of Educational Progress under three presidents; Member, National Commission on Adult Literacy.
sarmiento Tony Sarmiento, Executive Director, Senior Service America; Chair, Gerontological Society of America’s Public Policy Committee and Committee on Library Service to an Aging Population of the American Library Association; formerly various senior positions with AFL-CIO including Director of Worker-Centered Learning
shohet Linda Shohet, Executive Director, The Centre for Literacy (Quebec, CA) and internationally-recognized expert in Health Literacy; Recipient Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013) honoring Canadian literacy leaders of high accomplishment; former Executive Director, The Centre for Literacy (Montreal, CA)
steurer Stephen Steurer, Executive Director, Correctional Education Association, the only national association for teachers working with incarcerated adults and juveniles. CEA provides teacher training and SACS-recognized accreditation of schools through conferences and online programming. It is the largest affiliate of the American Correctional and American Jail Associations.
waite Peter Waite, Executive Vice President, ProLIteracy, with responsibility for national and international operations; former Vice President of International Associates, a unit of the Coalition of Lifelong Learning Organizations; founding member National Coalition for Literacy.
yankwitt Ira Yankwitt, Executive Director, Literacy Assistance Center, New York City; former Executive Director of Program Initiatives of NYC Department of Education’s Office of Adult and Continuing Education; past director of the New York City Regional Adult Education Network.