Dorothy Lee


Dorothy Lee is an independent consultant partnering with organizations to deepen their work in literacy, storytelling, and movement-building. Dorothy is the former Executive Director of LitWorld where she worked for 12 years to shift the way the world values stories, and to create positive, lasting change for children and communities worldwide. At LitWorld, Dorothy co-created literacy and empowerment-centered LitClubs and LitCamps that have impacted millions of children and families across the U.S. and in over 30 countries around the globe, as well as World Read Aloud Day and the HerStory Campaign, which have rallied communities in over 170 countries to stand up for everyone's right to a joyful and connected literacy life. Under Dorothy's leadership, LitWorld was a finalist in Nonprofit New York’s Nonprofit Excellence Awards and an honoree in the Library of Congress’ Literacy Best Practices Awards. Dorothy received her executive MA in Change Leadership and Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her BA in English from Amherst College. During her MA program, Dorothy researched the impact of LitWorld's partnership models in creating a global "community of practice," with shared learning and network-building between organizations and individuals involved in LitClubs and LitCamps. As a Coyle Fellow, Dorothy co-authored the research brief Why Stories Matter with Dr Ernest Morrell and Dr Jodene Morrell, examining how helping kids to share their stories can change the world. Dorothy continues to learn every day, based in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and their daughter, who is a role model in curiosity and passion.

CLE Coyle Fellow

M.A., Change Leadership and Organizational Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University

B.A., English, Amherst College


Lee, D., Morrell, E. & Morrell, J. Why Stories Matter. Research brief co-published by LitWorld and the University of Notre Dame's Center for Literacy Education.

Dorothy Lee, Executive Director at LitWorld