Room to Read Appoints Dan Stoner as Chief Operating Officer

December 5, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 5, 2018--Room to Read, a global organization focused on children’s literacy and girls’ education, has appointed Dan Stoner as Chief Operating Officer, it was announced today by Dr. Geetha Murali, Room to Read’s CEO. Stoner will join Room to Read’s management team and 1600 staff worldwide effective December 10 in the newly created position of COO as Room to Read prepares for its next phase of organizational growth and scale. Stoner will be based in Room to Read’s San Francisco headquarters and play a key role in the efficacy and evolution of the organization’s global programs and projects overseeing program operations, people operations and information technology.

With over 25 years in programmatic and operational roles within the international development sector, Stoner has a wealth of experience in operations leadership combined with a passion for global education. He joins Room to Read after eight years at Save the Children where he served as Vice President of Education and Child Protection, overseeing program interventions in more than 50 countries. Prior to Save the Children, he worked for Plan International in a variety of leadership roles spanning over a decade including Global Head of Strategy, Brazil Country Director and Regional Program Director based in Kenya.

“Dan Stoner has a demonstrated ability to apply nuanced solutions to complex challenges and understands that the operational strength of Room to Read is essential to our mission,” said Room to Read CEO, Dr. Geetha Murali. “We are honored to welcome Dan to the Room to Read family and are confident that his tenure will allow Room to Read to scale with strength and integrity, ensuring our continued impact in low-income communities.”

Stoner has extensive experience working with multilateral and bilateral funders including United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank, and the Department for International Developmental, highlighting a proven track record in running and scaling intricate operations in international contexts. Stoner received a M.A. in International Education from American University and a B.A. in Development Studies from Brown University.

“Room to Read has the solution to the challenges of illiteracy and gender inequality in education,” said Dan Stoner. “As Chief Operating Officer, I look forward to building infrastructures that allow us to deliver and scale those interventions to children and communities around the world.”

Koya Leadership Partners was retained by Room to Read to lead the executive search for the COO position. Recruitment is ongoing for the position of Vice President, People Operations which will report into Stoner. Inquiries can be directed to RoomtoRead@koyapartners.com.

About Room to Read

Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, Room to Read’s innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools in low-income communities during two time periods that are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education. We work in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations, and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and ensure girls can complete secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions. Room to Read has benefited 16.6 million children across more than 30,000 communities in 16 countries. Learn more at www.roomtoread.org.

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