Literacy Matters Names Sarah Anderson as Executive Director

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Former Minnesota lawmaker brings a proven track record of supporting underserved students

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN) September 19, 2019 – Literacy Matters Foundation, a nonprofit committed to closing the literacy gap in young children, has announced Sarah Anderson is its Executive Director.  Anderson will assume her new role in September.

Prior to joining Literacy Matters, Anderson served in the Minnesota Legislature for 12 years. During her time in office, she supported policy and funding of literacy tools for at-risk youth and underserved students.   

“We are thrilled Sarah will be leading our efforts on a daily basis and confident she will help the organization move forward,” says Literacy Matters Founder and CEO Deb Mallin. “We are confident Sarah will help raise awareness of the literacy and achievement gap in Minnesota and beyond. Most importantly, we know her work will benefit hundreds of young children and lay the groundwork for benefiting many, many more.”

Literacy Matters Foundation, dedicated to the promise of literacy and justice for all, is made up of a growing team of educators, content experts, technology gurus and strategists who are working together to help students master literacy by leveraging technology, refining curriculum, nurturing relationships and painting a vision of the world where we’re all on the same page. 

The keystone for achieving the organization’s vision is delivering an evidence-based reading approach on a platform that is relevant to today’s student. The technology-based Mighty Doodle™ is currently in use in a growing number of Twin Cities-area schools, where students have demonstrated two to four times greater progress on national standardized tests.

Anderson says, “Research shows fewer than 40% of third-grade students in the U.S. are reading at grade level. Mighty Doodle™, in its gamified format, allows children to work at their own learning pace. I’m ecstatic to be part of this data-proven solution to closing the achievement gap.” 

About Literacy Matters Foundation: Literacy Matters Foundation is a Minnesota-based nonprofit in the Education Technology sector with a vision to close Minnesota’s literacy gap. Based on the evidence-based Orton-Gilligham approach, their Mighty Doodlelearning program uses leading-edge technology to provide engaging, child-friendly literacy instruction in a gamified lesson format delivered on an iPad. The majority of students made significant gains during the school year, with many demonstrating two to four times greater progress on national standardized tests. If you would like more information on how you can join the movement to close the literacy gap, please visit or contact us at (502) 966-7323 or


Heidi Braun