“Over the last two years, Austin and Kate have worked closely on the strategic direction of Literacy Action,” said Haywood. “While we will miss Austin, we believe that Kate’s experience with the staff, volunteers, partners, and the broader community will confidently lead us forward.”
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Melanee Haywood
Transition Committee Chair

A Change In Leadership

Our Executive Director, Austin Dickson, is moving home to Texas. After five years at Literacy Action, Austin has accepted a position as Executive Director of the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country, the principal grantmaker in four Central Texas counties.

Literacy Action's Deputy Director, Kate Boyer, has been named Interim Executive Director. For the last two years, Kate has overseen the internal operations of the organization. She will succeed Austin Dickson, beginning May 12.

"We've seen incredible growth and development under Austin's leadership; we are grateful for all of his contributions and wish him well for the next chapter in his life and career," said Althea Broughton, chair of Literacy Action's Board of Trustees and partner at Arnall Golden Gregory. 

During Austin's five-year tenure, Literacy Action has expanded its programmatic offerings, extended its geographic reach, shored up its finances, and grown the staff from nine to 30 employees. Austin will always be an integral part of Literacy Action, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.

More About Kate

Kate has over 10 years of nonprofit experience managing volunteers, donor relations, and mission integration. Prior to Literacy Action, Kate was the Director of Programs for Lighthouse Family Retreat and served as Executive Director of two local organizations. She holds a bachelor's and master's in Social Work from the University of Georgia. Kate and her husband, Matt, a local attorney and military service member, have two daughters.

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