Community Literacy Centers Welcomes New Executive Director


Community Literacy Centers' Board of Directors extends a warm welcome to new Executive Director Riz White.



Riz comes to CLC with many years' experience in the nonprofit world, having previously served as Executive Director of Mother to Mother Ministry and Director of Development at The Education and Employment Ministry, both of Oklahoma City. More recently, Riz has consulted with several area nonprofit organizations in strategic planning, fundraising, and communications.

Riz's breadth of nonprofit experience is enhanced by a deep appreciation of how culture and background can affect literacy challenges. Although a proud Oklahoman for the last thirteen years, Riz was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, and later spent time in Melbourne, Australia, as well as in Estapona, Spain!

Riz's keen interest in the interplay of culture and language inspired her BA studies in Anthropology, with a minor in English Literature, at the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY) and graduate coursework in International Business from Boise State University.

An active community volunteer, Riz has donated her time and talent to Educare, Jubilee Partners, Oklahoma City Public Schools, the Junior League of Oklahoma City, Special Olympics, and Girl Scouts, among many others. Riz has also served on the boards of the Federal District Export Council, Partners of the Americas, and St. Luke's United Methodist Church. 

When not working or volunteering, Riz enjoys taking in dance performances of all kinds, traveling, reading, and spending time with her five children and husband of twenty years.

We are thrilled that Riz will be joining our organization as we focus our vision for the years ahead. Community Literacy Centers and its students have accomplished a great many feats since CLC's founding in 1987, for which we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our outgoing director, Becky O'Dell. Without her tireless leadership and advocacy, we would surely not be where we are today.

Now, as we celebrate CLC's 30th anniversary, we are enthusiastically looking forward to what Riz's many talents and experiences will bring to the table, both for CLC's hardworking students and for our greater community.

Welcome, Riz, to Community Literacy Centers!

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