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Liza McFadden

Ms. McFadden joined us as a director in August 2017. She is President and CEO of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, an organization that believes education is a civil right, no matter one’s age. McFadden's experience in education is well rounded: she is a former high school teacher, Florida Department of Education administrator, and served in Governor Jeb Bush's administration where she spearheaded efforts to encourage 200,000 mentors to support public school children.

McFadden was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate to serve on the National Institute for Literacy Board. In her home state of Florida, McFadden has served as volunteer chairman of the innovative Florida Schools of Excellence Board, designed to sponsor and approve charter schools at the state level. She is the inaugural recipient of the Women Who Mean Business, Service Award, in her hometown of Tallahassee for her work with a wide array of organizations including: the Friends of Florida State Parks, the Tallahassee Challenger Center, which promotes science and space, and the John Paul II Catholic High School. McFadden holds a Master’s degree from Florida State University, with a Bachelor's Degree from Fitchburg State University.