Worldreader Hires Rebecca Chandler Leege as First Chief Programs Officer

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Chandler Leege Will Oversee All of Worldreader's Programming, Monitoring and Evaluation and Content

Worldreader, a global nonprofit that helps the world read, announced today that Rebecca Chandler Leege will join on June 1st as the organization’s first full-time Chief Programs Officer (CPO). This newly created role will oversee all of Worldreader’s programming with the goal of increasing the organization’s impact in advancing reading and unlocking human potential around the world.

As CPO, Mrs. Chandler Leege will lead a cross-functional team that includes Worldreader’s four reading programs-- pre-reading, school reading, libraries, and lifelong reading-- as well as oversee monitoring and evaluation and content curation. Her extensive international education development experience as well as her passion for collective impact for the most vulnerable will reinforce and strengthen Worldreader’s impact in the world’s underserved communities.

Rebecca Chandler Leege joins Worldreader with over 20 years of leadership experience. She recently led World Vision’s engagement in “All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development,” a global initiative of USAID, World Vision, and the Australian Government, that seeks, tests and disseminates innovative education technology solutions to address child illiteracy. Previously at World Vision, she was Director for Child Development/Protection.

Mrs. Chandler Leege also worked with World Relief, initially in Rwanda as their Director of Programs before relocating to their headquarters in the United States as Director of Global Program Operations. She has lived and worked throughout Africa and Asia for over 15 years. She previously spent six years in the private sector in international human resources consulting with Fortune 500 companies. Rebecca Chandler Leege holds a Master of Science in Multinational Commerce from Boston University.

“Every person has the right to become a reader,” said David Risher, Worldreader’s co-founder and CEO. “Since 2010 we’ve helped over 6 million people read. With Rebecca on-board, we can hardly wait to see what more is possible.”

“Worldreader holds unlimited potential to open lifelong learning through reading, a critical skill for progress in life and for our future” said Rebecca. “Over the past six years, through Worldreader’s excellent and innovative digital reading programs, I have witnessed its commitment to enabling more children, youth and parents to read. It is a privilege to join Worldreader at this stage in its journey to help advance their vision.”

Rebecca joins Taleb Salhab, Worldreader’s Chief Advancement Officer, in the DC area, expanding Worldreader’s strategic presence in the nation’s capital. She can be reached at

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About Worldreader
Worldreader is a global nonprofit whose mission is to help the world read. The organization provides students and their families with a free digital library available on e-readers and mobile phones, complemented with a suite of reading support programs. Since 2010, over 6 million people across 50 countries have read from their digital library of over 40,000 local and international e-books. Worldreader works with device manufacturers, local and international publishers, government agencies, education officials, and local communities to help readers worldwide.

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