Help us create a stronger foundation for Detroit’s workforce.


OUR STORY

Reading Works was incubated under the leadership of the Detroit Free Press Charities, and former Publisher Paul Anger, with the recognition that dramatically low literacy rates in metro-Detroit were holding our region back.

Reading Works was formed as an umbrella organization to bring awareness to these issues and to support the work of community-based organizations. We identify the most effective adult education service providers in the community and collaborate with local employers to turn foundational skills training into real workforce opportunities.

Since 2013, our partners have formed a cohesive provider network serving approximately 4,000 adult learners. Our mission is to increase workforce-readiness in the Detroit region by reducing barriers to foundational education.

OUR STAFF


Marita Grobbel
Executive Director
mgrobbel@readingworksdetroit.org

Sister Janice Brown
Director of Operations
jbrown@readingworksdetroit.org

Danielle Brown
Operations Coordinator
dbrown@readingworksdetroit.org


OUR TRUSTED CONSULTANTS


Mary Freeman
Senior Policy Associate
Corporation for a Skilled Workforce

Vickie Choitz
Associate Director
Senior Consultant, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce

Larry Good
Co-founder and Senior Fellow
Corporation for a Skilled Workforce


OUR DIRECTORS


Thomas McGinnis
Chair, Deloitte
Paul Anger
Immediate Past Chair
Detroit Free Press (retired)
Keith Mobley
Vice Chair
The Auto Club Group

Debora Scola
Secretary
Michigan Humane Society
Daniel F. Smith
Treasurer; Ernst & Young LLP
Daniel J. Cherrin
North Coast Strategies

Gary Dembs, NPPN
Ahmad M. Ezzeddine, Ph.D.,
Wayne State University
Eve Haley
Bosch Community Fund

Tanise Hill
United Way
Robert Shaner, Ph.D.
Rochester Community School District
Alissa Sevrioukova
DTE Energy

Nishanth Varanasi
Comerica Bank




OUR FOUNDERS


Paul Anger
Publisher
Detroit Free Press (retired)

Cynthia Pasky
President and CEO
Strategic Staffing Solutions



IN MEMORIUM


A. Alfred Taubman
Founding Honorary Chair

The Honorable Damon J. Keith
Founding Honorary Chair