Mark H. Jackson, general counsel for Dow Jones & Company, was elected chairman of the board of directors for Literacy Partners, Inc.
Literacy Partners offers classes to teach adults the basic literacy skills essential to lead full lives as individuals, parents and citizens. Mr. Jackson will spearhead efforts to develop the organization's new strategic plan, guide its finance committee and continue advocating on behalf of the 3.7 million adult New Yorkers who cannot read or write above the 5th grade level.
'Literacy Partners is fortunate to have Mark Jackson in this important leadership role,' said Susan McLean, executive director. 'We are delighted that Mark will be leading our organization to even greater achievements and recruiting new participants to the Literacy Partners family.'
Mr. Jackson succeeds Peter Brown, whose leadership over many years engendered a strong, committed presence for Literacy Partners in New York City. In his new role as chairman of New York's only nationally accredited adult literacy program, Mr. Jackson will focus on heightening awareness of the important work of Literacy Partners.
'Dow Jones and Literacy Partners share a common purpose to use the written word to educate and enrich our society,' Mr. Jackson said. 'Whether helping one individual to read or another to understand and learn, this is a vital mission, one I am eager to undertake.'
The chief legal officer for Dow Jones, Mr. Jackson joined the company in 2007 as executive vice president and general counsel from HarperCollins Publishers where he had been associate general counsel. Prior to HarperCollins, he was a partner in the litigation department of the Manhattan law firm of Squadron, Ellenoff, Plesent & Sheinfeld.
About Literacy Partners
For over 35 years, Literacy Partners has helped thousands of New Yorkers learn the basic reading, writing and math skills needed to succeed in day-to-day living. Through successful collaborations with major corporations, community partners and benefactors, Literacy Partners offers small, welcoming classes taught by enthusiastic, highly trained volunteer tutors. Literacy Partners is the only nationally accredited adult literacy program serving New York City. For more information, visit www.literacypartners.org.
About Dow Jones
Dow Jones & Company (www.dowjones.com) is a News Corporation company (Nasdaq:NWS) (Nasdaq:NWSA); (ASX:NWS) (ASX:NWSLV); (www.newscorp.com) and a leading provider of global news and business information. Its principal products include The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswires, Dow Jones Factiva, Barron's and MarketWatch. Through its Local Media Group, Dow Jones operates community-based newspapers and Web sites. Dow Jones also provides news content to television and radio stations.