Meghan Paul-Cook oversees the literacy council’s AmeriCorps VISTA national service programs: Literacy VISTA and Summer Reads. She joined Minnesota Literacy Council in 2012 and has worked in education and youth development for 15 years. Early in her career, she completed two years of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA and one year of service as a Presbyterian Young Adult Volunteer. Her passion for education equity and public service stems in large part from these experiences, through which she saw firsthand the power of young people to create positive community change. She received the national Bridge-Builders Award from Interfaith Youth Core and the Best Practices Award from the Minnesota Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Partnerships for her prior work in interfaith youth organizing. Meghan has a B.A. in International Development and African Studies from Gettysburg College, PA, and has completed graduate-level coursework in Community Change and Civic Leadership at Antioch University McGregor, OH. Outside of work she enjoys spending family time with her husband and two young children, food (growing, cooking, eating!), travel, photography, and teaching and playing piano.