February 20, 2015

Speak with Our Experts

Learning Ally is staffed with experts versed in topics including dyslexia and learning disabilities, blindness and visual impairment, assistive technology and accommodations, best practices for teachers, parent community building and support, public policy and much more. The following individuals are available to comment on the above subjects and answer any questions you may have about how Learning Ally enables student success, empowers parents, and supports educators.

Please reach out to Doug SpreiNational Director of Communications, to get in touch with one of Learning Ally’s subject matter experts.


andrew-friedmanAndrew Friedman, President and CEO: Andrew Friedman was appointed President and CEO in January 2011, after joining RFB&D, now Learning Ally, in January 2009 as its Chief Financial Officer. Later in the year, after leading RFB&D’s finance integration and demonstrating his passion for operational excellence, Andrew was promoted to Chief Operating Officer.


Cynthia HamburgerCynthia Hamburger, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer: Cynthia Hamburger was appointed Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer in April 2013. As COO/CIO she focuses on strong technology leadership, continuous improvement of our audiobook production processes, and the dynamic evolution of our volunteer communities. Key initiatives she has been instrumental in launching include Teacher Ally, the new Learning Ally website, and VOICEtext audiobooks.


Ed BrayEdward Bray, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy: Edward directs and coordinates Learning Ally’s activities designed to foster stronger relations with federal, state, and local governments including legislator and administration outreach, legislative advocacy, appropriations and developing support of Learning Ally’s programs and services.


Lissa TrueLissa True, Youth Services Coordinator: Lissa is responsible for developing and expanding Learning Ally’s Yes! Program, a national program for students with learning differences with family, school, and internet-based components. The Yes! Program features student ambassadors and peer-to-peer strength-discovery and self-advocacy activities to build confidence and resilience in LD students.


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