Nikki Daruwala is the new executive director for the Loudoun Literacy Council, according to council officials.
Daruwala will be charged with administering diverse educational programs and spearheading the organization’s operations, management and fundraising. She has served as interim executive director since early 2018.
“The board is so pleased that Nikki accepted the offer to become our permanent executive director. As our interim director, she demonstrated a real commitment to expanding our impact in the community and establishing positive relationships with our volunteers, donors and partners,” Loudoun Literacy Council board Chairwoman Lise Rybowski said in a prepared statement. “Under her leadership, we’ve expanded staff, created new outreach and training for volunteers, and made inroads into western Loudoun. We also have created new partnerships with the YMCA and other organizations and strengthened our funding prospects.”
Daruwala hired volunteer coordinator, Sara Anderson, over the summer. Anderson's role, Rybowski said, is to “cultivate and nurture one of our most important constituents – the teachers and others who are committed to literacy as a way to level the playing field for everyone in Loudoun County.”
Daruwala is a 25-year Loudoun County resident, first-generation immigrant and a lifelong advocate for issues affecting children and families.
She is a member of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce and involved with the Loudoun Human Services Network, Loudoun Pediatric Obesity Coalition, Loudoun Human Services Network and Ford Foundation’s Experts of Color Network. She also is a founding member of the Child Labor Coalition.
Established in 1980, the nonprofit Loudoun Literacy Council is a private, non-denominational provider of low-cost literacy services in Loudoun. More information about the organization can be found at loudounliteracy.org.