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Our Team

Board 1 Barbara Bush, Founder Doro Bush Koch, Honorary Chair

Board of Directors

  • Jean Becker, Chief of Staff to President George H. W. Bush (Secretary)
  • David L. Beré (Treasurer)
  • Jeb Bush, Jr., Jeb Bush & Associates
  • Peggy Conlon, Retired President and CEO, Ad Council (Vice Chair)
  • Craig Denekas, Libra Foundation
  • Chris Frangione
  • Timothy Gage, Esq., Comcast
  • Mark Kaplan (Chair)
  • Doro Bush Koch, Barbara Bush Foundation Honorary Chair
  • Tricia Reilly Koch, BB&R Consulting
  • Liza McFaddenBarbara Bush Foundation President and CEO
  • Governor Bob Wise, Alliance for Excellent Education


Board Committees


Foundation Staff

Liza McFadden is President and CEO of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, an organization that believes education is a civil right, no matter one’s age. Since joining the Barbara Bush Foundation in 2012, Liza has led its successful transition from a donor-advised fund to a public charity, instituting a talented and respected board to oversee these efforts. Her belief is that through collaboration with a diverse array of entrepreneurs, technology experts, and other innovative thought leaders, the Barbara Bush Foundation can effect bold, transformative change that will impact millions of low-literate Americans.

Liza is committed to expanding the conversation about educational inequities as the primary driver of income inequality. Under Liza’s leadership, the Foundation is leveraging the power of competition to bridge those gaps, as 109 teams from around the world are racing to win the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE. Teams are developing mobile apps—to be delivered at no cost—that will teach low-literate adults to read or learn English. A firm believer in the power of two-generation (2Gen) programs for parents and their children, Liza is proud of the more than 200 donor-supported family literacy programs funded by the Barbara Bush Foundation in some of America’s neediest communities.

A mom and bibliophile, Liza shares her thoughts on literacy on her new blog, America’s Biggest Challenge.


  • Fonda Anderson, Chief Strategy Officer
  • Anne Davies, Chief of Development
  • Rebecca Dyer, Executive Vice President, Programs
  • Vangie Fields, Chief Financial Officer
  • Susan James, Chief Marketing Officer

Contact Us: email or call 850.562.5300.

Get in Touch

You may also contact us by phone at 850.562.5300 or by mail at:
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
516 North Adams Street • Tallahassee, Florida 32301