Sue Grant is a visionary whose passion to give the gift of literacy to struggling readers has fueled the formation and success of The Literacy Project. Grant is a native Californian born and raised in Orange County. After graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in The School of Human Services and Community Development from California State University Fullerton, she also studied for her Master’s degree in Counseling and School Psychology.
The focus of her college education forged a desire to help troubled youth and thus began a lifelong journey to help those who needed it most. Throughout her career, she has been involved with bridging the literacy gap amongst these children dating as far back as serving on the PTA board of her own children’s elementary school. In 1988, she was recognized by the California Congress of the Parents, Teacher and Students, Inc. with the Honorary Service Award for her outstanding service to children and youth in literacy. In 2003 as principal of her own PR firm, OC Public Relations, Grant was hired by The Regents of University of California, out of the office of the president, to help raise funds and awareness for a new literacy pilot program. After the first year, she developed an irresistible desire to further this project and donated her time, resources and connections for the next six years. In 2009, when “The New Phonics Game™” came off the production line, Grant seized the opportunity to create a nonprofit organization to provide the highly specialized reading program to the most at-risk struggling readers in impoverished environments. What was once a lifelong career in OCPR to help nonprofit organizations strive became her own reality when she founded The Literacy Project to serve the purpose of solving reading problems amongst school-age children threatened to become illiterate adults. To date, Grant’s vision and leadership have helped “bridge the literacy gap” by serving over 6,000 children throughout Southern California and raising over $2.9 million for the cause. Grant has since become a founding member of the Coalition for Reading Excellence in Washington DC, a national voice promoting structured literacy. Her passionate career led her to be featured as one of “OC’s Top 50 Business Leaders with a Cause” in the ON PURPOSE publication (2012). Sue Grant’s lifetime interests have focused on serving school-age, at-risk children and literacy issues. She would tell you that there are many ways to save a life. The gift of reading is one of them.
The Literacy Project of Utah - Regional Director
As Regional Director in Utah, Laura Rubin brings more than 40 years of executive management and philanthropic experience to her position at The Literacy Project. Laura Rubin’s extensive background in everything from managing complex organizational structures to planning annual special events helps bring The Literacy Project an exemplary employee capable of high-level executive management. Her leadership skills provide effective communication and solid relationships with educators, volunteers, and supporters. Laura applies her keen attention to detail, problem-solving abilities, and financial literacy to effectively meet the challenges of The Literacy Project’s fight against illiteracy. Laura’s role as the Regional Director in Utah focuses on the stewardship of local school programming, public and donor relations, as well as event planning and fundraising. She also leads the charge on expanding The Literacy Project’s digital communication platform and fundraising tools. She will serve as the TLP liaison for Utah school districts, the Booster Club, and volunteer management. An avid golfer and foodie, Laura and her husband enjoy entertaining friends and family, travel, and time with their two children and three grandchildren.