WASHINGTON, DC | September 11, 2006
Alex Quinn, a project director at the Massachusetts-based Education Development Center (EDC), has been elected to serve on the board of the National Coalition for Literacy. Quinn was elected to a three-year term during the coalition’s membership meeting held on September 7, 2006.
Quinn has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of community-based and educational television, including ten years at EDC. As executive director of EDC’s Adult Literacy Media Alliance (ALMA), Quinn oversees the development of multimedia materials in the areas of health literacy, family literacy, and financial education designed for adults at the pre-GED level. ALMA produces the Emmy Award-winning TV411, an adult literacy television series airing on more than 150 public television stations across the country. TV411 is accompanied by a series of magazine style workbooks—TV411 In Print—and a Web site with over 100 interactive activities designed for adults who want to improve their reading, writing, and mathematics skills. ALMA also provides training for professional educators and volunteers on using multimedia materials with adults in formal and informal settings.
“The National Coalition for Literacy is made up of organizations and individuals who are doing amazing work every day that advances adult literacy in this country,” said Quinn, “and I’m honored to be a part of it.”
Prior to joining EDC, Quinn was the Executive Director for Manhattan Neighborhood Network. He holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He holds an M.A. in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University.
The National Coalition for Literacy (NCL), a broad-based alliance of the country’s major adult education and family literacy organizations, works to advance adult education, language, and literacy in the United States. NCL builds public awareness and understanding of adult literacy and English language development, fosters collaboration at the national level among public and private organizations, and promotes a comprehensive approach to adult literacy and English language development research and its dissemination and application.