Lea DeForest, Communications and Development Coordinator, Literacy First

Phone: 512.232.5649
Email: deforestlea@austin.utexas.edu

Dana Center role

Lea is the communications and development coordinator for Literacy First, which is dedicated to providing low-income schools with highly trained tutors to ensure that children advance to grade level in reading before third grade. Lea manages Literacy First’s growing online communities, designs and publishes print and digital communications, and coordinates marketing for the program.

Before Joining the Dana Center

Before joining Literacy First as a grant writer in August 2012, Lea worked in the University Development Office and in Continuing and Innovative Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Lea has been with UT Austin since 2008.


B.F.A., Furniture Design, Maine College of Art

Lea is a student in the master’s program in Information Science at the School of Information at UT Austin.