Our leadership and staff
Reading Is Fundamental’s (RIF’s) leadership, staff, and boards work together to inspire the joy of reading in children to put them on a path towards reading proficiency: an unassailable foundation for opportunity. Together, we amplify our impact on the literacy crisis, tackle equity gaps—and create generations of lifelong readers.
Our Board of Directors
RIF’s Board of Directors steers the organization toward a sustainable future, as the governing board that guides organizational, financial, and strategic policy.
Race, Equity, and Inclusion
Our Race, Equity, and Inclusion (REI) National Advisory Board provides strategic guidance on RIF’s work to ensure our programs and content offerings are diverse and inclusive and lend their subject matter expertise to the books and reading resources we offer to support students, educators, and families.
Middle School Family Literacy
Our Middle School Family Literacy Advisory Board (MSFLAB) provides insights and guidance for RIF’s Books for Ownership program to middle schools in priority communities to drive family reading engagement and address drops in reading scores due to the pandemic.
Creating RIF Kids since 1966
RIF was founded by former teacher Margaret McNamara, who discovered, much to her dismay, that the children she was tutoring didn't own books. When she brought in books and let the kids choose which ones they could bring home, she witnessed firsthand how the joy of reading drove reading choice, access, and engagement—which are fundamental to a child’s literacy journey. Inspiring that joy to develop skilled readers still underpins RIF’s programs and strategies to this day.
Rooted in diversity, equity, and inclusion
RIF’s work incorporates diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in everything we do, from the communities we serve to the stories we tell, to the authors and illustrators we feature. Closing the equity gap has been the driver of our work since our founding in 1966. To reinforce our DEI approach, we created the Race, Equity, and Inclusion (REI) Initiative and REI National Advisory Board.
Join forces to address the literacy crisis
Get in touch if you’d like to learn how you or your organization can help RIF’s team tackle the alarming U.S. literacy crisis.