Dorothy M. Miaso, Executive Director

Dorothy M. Miaso is the Executive Director of the Literacy Volunteers of Illinois, a position she has held since 1992. As Executive Director, Dorothy manages the day-to-day operations which includes overseeing the agency’s financial, fundraising, communications, and programmatic activities. Under her leadership the budget of the agency grew ten-fold from $100,000 to over $1,000,000. Along with the budget growth came expanded programming especially in national service.

Dorothy has been involved with a variety of literacy and national service-related initiatives at the local, state and national levels and with correctional education for adults and juvenile at the state and county levels.  She is a past member of the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service and a past board member of the American Association of State Service Commissions, a national organization that provides leadership and support to state volunteer service commissions throughout the country.

She has served on numerous committees of the National Institute for Literacy, is a former member of the Illinois State Literacy Council and served two-terms as the Community Representative on the Local School Council of Chicago’s Jones College Prep HS.  She is currently a member of the Illinois Adult and Continuing Educators Association and Chair of the Illinois Conference on Volunteer Administration.

Prior to joining the Literacy Volunteers, Miaso served in various capacities in the public sector in government and not-for-profit agencies. She served as the Assistant Director of Operation ABLE, a non-profit Chicago-based employment program for older workers, and, as the Director of Senior Programs in the Governor and Lt. Governor's offices. She also worked for the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

Miaso holds a B.A. degree in English from Northeastern Illinois University and a Master’s in Management of Public Service from DePaul University.


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