Mayor's Office For Adult Literacy
Federico Salas-Isnardi, Director of the Mayor’s Office for Adult Literacy (MOAL) in Houston, is a linguist, educator, diversity trainer, and writer who has worked in adult education in Houston for over 30 years. Federico has presented or facilitated hundreds of professional development workshops and seminars and is a regular speaker at professional conferences on topics ranging from second language acquisition to anti-bullying education and from literacy and employability skills in the 21st century to identity and privilege in a culture of respect.
He is a published author of ESL textbooks, and a certified Diversity Trainer. He has been active in professional, arts, and community organizations for more than 25 years.
Jackie Aguilera, Project Manager of the Mayor's Office for Adult Literacy (MOAL) Houston, has dedicated more than two decades of her life to tutoring, teaching, training, consulting, student support services for “at risk” college students, and non-profit leadership for community based adult literacy organizations. She is an advocate of whole life literacy, educational justice and equitable access to pathways of prosperity for all. She has lead many literacy initiatives and projects including the McGraw Hill sponsored Financial Literacy Carnival, Houston Money Week, English@Work program, the Houston Area Adult Literacy Collective, and the 2019 Xprize Tier 3 winning team, the Adult Literacy Partners of Houston. Her current position at MOAL allows her to explore literacy innovation on an expanded scale and to help the team develop support for providers across the nation.
Marlena Lopez, Executive Assistant for the Mayor’s Office for Adult Literacy (MOAL) Houston, is the new Executive Assistant for MOAL. She is a native of LaBelle, Florida, and has experience working in the education field as well as with public municipalities. While working with the Hendry-LaBelle Recreation Board, Marlena helped foster partnerships and raise money for the Zachary Reyna Memorial Park, named in honor of a young boy who passed away in the community. Her collaborative efforts contributed to the park's development without reliance on public funds. Marlena believes in the importance of community efforts to provide inclusive services to all individuals.