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Joseph Musso
Executive Director and Director of Literacy

Before founding Literacy-in-Motion, Joe taught for several years in the New York City Public School system, first as a 5th grade generalist and then as the 5th grade science teacher. His experience in education further clarified a long-held belief: Education reform must be a comprehensive, societal effort, combining structural reforms with a direct effort to create educational opportunities and access to resources for all children. Joe received a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in 2011. While there, he served as the President of the Public Service Society, an organization dedicated to promoting education on, involvement in, and awareness of public service. Joe also has a Master of Science in Education in Special Education from Pace University and a Bachelor's Degree from Stonehill College, where he studied Elementary Education and English Literature.

joemusso@literacynyc.org

Lauren Henegan
Director of Parent Engagement

After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Skidmore College, Lauren worked as a classroom teacher for five years at P.S./I.S. 66k in Brooklyn, New York. Always making literacy a priority in her classroom, she went on to pursue a Master of Education in childhood literacy at Hunter College, which she completed after writing her thesis on methods of supporting parents in developing literacy rich homes. She currently volunteers at P.S./I.S. 66k as a literacy and writing consultant.

lbyers@literacynyc.org

John Byers
Director of Finance

John holds a degree in Management and Business from Skidmore College and is a Certified Public Accountant in New York State. After working for five years in the Audit and Enterprise Risk group at Deloitte and Touch LLP in New York City, he now works at The NASDAQ OMX Group as the Associate Director of Financial Reporting.

jbyers@literacynyc.org

Jameson Dempsey
Director of Media

Jameson is a law graduate based in Brooklyn, NY.* Jameson earned his B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Boston College, and his J.D., cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School. At Brooklyn Law School, he served as the editor-in-chief of the Brooklyn Law Review and as a clinician in the Brooklyn Law Incubator and Policy Clinic. In that latter role, Jameson provided pro bono legal services to early-stage technology companies in NYC, and led an outreach team focused on building partnerships between the clinic and local technology incubators.
*NY admission pending

jdempsey@literacynyc.org

Vikash Reddy
Director of Government and Community Partnerships

After graduating from Dartmouth College with an AB in Government in 2005, Vikash joined Teach for America as a third grade teacher. He spent three years teaching in a self-contained classroom in the East New York section of Brooklyn. The experience left a powerful impression on Vikash. Wanting to find a way to push for more widespread policy improvements, he began work on a PhD in Education Policy at Columbia University's Teachers College in the fall of 2008. Through his research and future goals, Vikash aims to expand access to resources for children in low-income neighborhoods, making him well suited to join in the work Literacy in Motion conducts. His parents, both college professors, emphasized education from an early age, and Vikash has vivid memories of learning to read at the dining table and being surrounded by books.

vreddy@literacynyc.org