EDC's Helen Boyle staff portrait

Helen Boyle is an EDC vice president and the director of program strategy for the International Development Division.

An experienced development practitioner, Boyle has helped identify and shape EDC’s strategic directions in international education since she joined the organization in 1991. As the Middle East and North Africa Center director, Boyle expanded EDC’s technical work in the region and oversaw multimillion-dollar USAID-funded programs. As EDC’s senior literacy advisor, she headed the Basic Education and Literacy Team and led the development process for Read Right Now, EDC’s signature approach to early grade reading and writing in resource-lean environments.

From 2013–2018, Boyle was an associate professor at Florida State University (FSU), with a joint appointment in the Learning Systems Institute and the College of Education. She is the author of Quranic Schools: Agents of Preservation and Change and has published numerous articles on Islamic education and on early grade literacy in developing country contexts.

In addition to her BA in English literature and French language from Boston College, Boyle holds an ED.M. in international education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a PhD in comparative and social analysis in education from the University of Pittsburgh.