Margaret Doughty will be Speaking at the Americans United Houston Area Chapter Annual Meeting

margaret-doughtyMargaret Doughty, founder of Literacy Powerline, is an international literacy expert committed to supporting local government, foundations, business and community organizations in their efforts to create effective educational systems for lifelong learning.

A native of the United Kingdom Margaret has worked to raise literacy levels in  Africa, the Middle East and the United States, developing coalitions, facilitating regional literacy planning, advocating for educational system change and raising resources.  Appointed to direct the Houston READ Commission (now the Houston

Center for Literacy), the Mayor’s Coalition for Literacy in 1990 by Mayor Kathy Whitmire, Margaret served as executive director for ten years before developing Literacy Powerline to promote economic, educational and social justice with a vision of a coordinated national approach to workforce, health, family and financial literacy.

Most recently Margaret was asked by the US Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, to manage the coalition development component of the Great Cities Summit.  The Summit is an initiative to improve literacy and transitions to work and college in major urban areas of the country.  The five cities selected to participate are: Los Angeles, Houston, New York, Miami and Chicago.

The Right to Literacy Campaign is a project of Literacy Powerline and its partners and that engaged communities and their leaders to raise awareness of low literacy and solution building strategies. Mayors across the country have signed the scroll and committed to increasing local literacy levels.  The scroll was the US response to the United Nations Decade of Literacy and was delivered to UNESCO in February 2013.  It has now been replication as a national initiative in Canada and it forms the basis of the right to Libraries national campaign in the US.

Margaret has served on the board of Literacy Texas and the Gulf Coast Workforce Investment Board and works with national and international literacy and economic development organizations on solution building around community literacy issues, including ProLiteracy, National Institute for Literacy, Wider Opportunities for Women and the National Center for Family Literacy. 

In 2000 she was awarded the Order of the British Empire by HRH Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for her contribution to the field of literacy.  Margaret served as the secretary for the Literacy Funders Network, an affinity group with the Council on Foundations.

Margaret became an American citizen in 2013.

The annual Meeting will be held on April 8th.   Follow this link for more details.