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Improving literacy rates across the country

We believe that improving literacy is the key to solving everything—which is why we’re fighting to give everyone in America an opportunity to take a second chance on education.

British A. Robinson
President and CEO

British A. Robinson is a visionary leader with more than 20 years of experience leading initiatives in international and domestic health, corporate social responsibility, public-private partnerships, government relations, and advocacy and policy development.

As the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, British oversees the strategic direction and all operations of the public charity, which was established by former First Lady Barbara Bush in 1989.

Prior to joining the Barbara Bush Foundation, British was founding CEO of the Women’s Heart Alliance, where she oversaw all aspects of the initiative, including its education/awareness campaign, advocacy and fundraising efforts, operations, program implementation, and strategic alliances. Her extensive nonprofit leadership experience also includes service as Senior Vice President of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives at Women for Women International and as Vice President of Global Strategy and Programs at Susan G. Komen. British also served at the U.S. Department of State as the Deputy Coordinator/Director of Private Sector Engagement for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), where she was responsible for the U.S. Government’s successful establishment of public-private partnerships at the international, national, and enterprise levels to strengthen HIV/AIDS initiatives.

Additionally, during her tenure at the State Department, she held a special assignment as Director and Special Advisor to the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, where she established and managed alliances and partnerships committed to advancing the rights of women and girls around the world.

Earlier in her career, British worked for the Jesuit Conference/Jesuit Refugee Services USA as the Director of Social and International Ministries, Citigroup/Citibank in retail banking, and served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC).

Christopher C. Robinson
Major Gifts Officer
Lauren Sproull
Senior Director of Communications
Meghan Murphy
Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships
Evangeline Fields
Chief Financial Officer
Ann Marie Barter
Senior Director of Curriculum and Training
Kathleen Handley, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Innovation and Impact
Andrew Roberts
Chief Operating Officer
Rebecca Dyer
Senior Advisor to the President and CEO
Hutton Higgins
Senior Director of Development

Bringing expertise to America’s literacy crisis

From left to right: Back row: Chris Frangione, Tricia Reilly Koch, Jeb Bush, Jr., British A. Robinson, Jean Becker, Christine Pina, Governor Bob Wise, Gwynn Virostek. Front row: Lori Wachs, Doro Bush Koch, Peggy Conlon, David Beré
British A. Robinson, President and CEO

British A. Robinson is a visionary leader with more than 20 years of experience leading initiatives in international and domestic health, corporate social responsibility, public-private partnerships, government relations, and advocacy and policy development. Read More

Doro Bush Koch, Honorary Chair

Author, philanthropist, and businesswoman Doro Bush Koch inherited her mother’s belief in the power of literacy to change lives, and stepped into the role of honorary chair for the Foundation in 2014. She is also the author of a book about her father, former President George H. W. Bush, and is a founding partner in BB&R Wellness Consulting.

Peggy Conlon, Chair

Prior to her retirement in 2014, Peggy Conlon served as president and CEO of the Advertising Council, an organization that mobilizes more than $1.6 billion of advertising time and space annually. During her tenure at the Ad Council, she played an instrumental role in organizing the entire advertising industry to address national and global crises.

David Beré, Treasurer

David Beré has a long history of leadership in the food and retail industries. He previously held senior leadership roles with Nonni’s Foods, Dollar General Corporation, Bakery Chef, McCain Foods USA, and Quaker Oats Company.

Jean Becker, Secretary

Jean Becker served as chief of staff to former President George H. W. Bush and as deputy press secretary to Barbara Bush for nearly 30 years. Drawing on her expertise as a former journalist, she assisted President and Mrs. Bush with the research and editing of three autobiographical books.

Jeb Bush, Jr.

Jeb Bush, Jr., grandson of President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush, represents the third generation of Bush family members to provide leadership and guidance for the Foundation. He currently serves as managing partner of Jeb Bush & Associates, a consulting and private equity firm that specializes in business development and strategic advisory work.

Chris Frangione

Christopher Frangione has more than 20 years of innovative strategic planning, market development, operational execution, and leadership experience. Currently the managing director of Frangione and Associates Innovation Advisors, he previously held leadership and advisory roles at organizations including XPRIZE and National Geographic.

Tricia Reilly Koch

Tricia Reilly Koch is the founding partner of and lead presenter at BB&R Consulting. She is a Board Certified Holistic Health Counselor and nutrition expert who has studied health and wellness for more than 25 years, and she is committed to helping others develop a deeper understanding of healthy foods and lifestyle choices.

Christine Pina

Christine Pina has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, fundraising, stewardship, and community outreach. Currently serving as the chief advancement officer for Miss Porter’s School, she previously held fundraising leadership roles at educational institutions including University of Hartford and Wesleyan University.

Gwynn Virostek

Gwynn Virostek is an accomplished financial services and nonprofit leader, with more than three decades of service in banking leadership across the nation for institutions including Washington Mutual, Wachovia, and TD Bank. Her strong commitment to volunteerism includes service on the board of the Volunteer Florida Foundation, Big Bend Hospice, and Guardian ad Litem.

Lori Wachs

Lori Wachs is a consumer analyst and fund manager with more than 20 years of benchmark-beating investment experience. After beginning her career as an analyst for Goldman Sachs, she spent nearly two decades as a portfolio manager for Delaware Investments. She currently serves as co-founder and partner of Springboard Growth Capital.

Governor Bob Wise

Former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise is an experienced leader with accomplished record in public policy and education improvement. In addition to his decades-long career of public service in state and federal government, Gov. Wise served for nearly 15 years as president of Alliance for Excellent Education, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving educational outcomes for at-risk students.

2019-2020 Board Committees

Audit Committee

Gwynn Virostek (Chair)
David Beré

Executive Committee

Peggy Conlon (Chair)
Jean Becker (Secretary)
David Beré (Treasurer)
Lori Wachs (Vice Chair)

Finance Committee

David Beré (Chair)
Lori Wachs
Christine Pina

Investment Committee

Barney Bishop III (Chair)
John Rhee
Raquel Rodriguez
John R. Smith
Gwynn Virostek
Lori Wachs

Nominating & Governance Committee

Jean Becker (Chair)
Peggy Conlon
Doro Bush Koch
Tricia Reilly Koch
Governor Bob Wise

Program Committee

Governor Bob Wise (Chair)
David Beré
Chris Frangione
Jeb Bush, Jr.
Julie Baker Finck

Development Committee

Christine Pina (Chair)
Lori Wachs
Jeb Bush, Jr.
Doro Bush Koch
Tricia Reilly Koch