Indianapolis, IN — (November 17, 2021) Indy Reads announced today that it has selected a new Chief Executive Officer, Ruba Marshood, who will be transitioning into the role in early December. After a robust and inclusive national search, the Indy Reads Board of Directors is confident that Marshood will continue the stewardship that the current CEO, Ryan King, began five years ago.
During King’s tenure, the adult literacy organization was able to expand services significantly and build a financial foundation that became the strongest in Indy Reads’ 37-year history.
“Ruba’s fifteen-year career reflects the same values that Indy Reads cherishes,” said Lori Hall, Indy Reads’ Board Chair. “She is a thoughtful, strategic, and compassionate leader who has a proven commitment to social justice and innovation that we believe will take Indy Reads to even greater heights.”
Marshood is joining Indy Reads after many years as the Director of Partnerships & Community Engagement with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia. During her time there, she spearheaded massive growth in fundraising, grant acquisition and management, non-profit and corporate partnerships, and was a crucial part of identifying systemic hurdles that clients had to overcome in order to receive services.
“As Indy Reads’ programming has expanded, there are more opportunities than ever to connect adults in Marion County to education services that will meet their needs,” Marshood said. “I am so excited to continue and grow the work Indy Reads has done under Ryan’s leadership.”
About Indy Reads
Indy Reads builds literacy, English language, and job readiness skills to empower adults and families to reach their full potential. For over 30 years, we’ve worked toward a vision of 100% literacy for all. High literacy levels give access to greater developmental, educational, and career opportunities, but current statistics show that 1 in 6 adults in Indiana read at or below a fifth-grade level. Through the Community Classrooms literacy program, Indy Reads helps adult learners increase their literacy and English language proficiency, prepare for their High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma and our workforce development programs help improve employment opportunities for adults of all literacy skill levels.
To learn more about Indy Reads visit indyreads.org.