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, started her career at the University of Houston Downtown’s student support services and continued serving TRIO programs from UHD to the University of Houston and Houston Community College. Through adult education, she contributed to non-profit leadership for community based organizations through instruction, curriculum development, and administration. She expanded her focus to include internet based “edutainment” projects, piloting games developed to improve financial literacy skills, which also lead to coordinating local online game competitions. In 2018, she brought together a team of adult literacy providers to compete in the Xprize adult literacy app competition, which lead to a national award in 2019 for the team. In the fall of 2021, Jackie was one of four Houston women to receive a Mujeres Legendarias de Ford award for education through technology. This year, Jackie completed a Texas State Advocates for Adult Education Fellowship through COABE. Additional adult literacy initiatives include the McGraw Hill sponsored Financial Literacy Carnival, Houston Money Week, English@Work program, and the founding of the Houston Area Adult Literacy Collective. 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.
Cameron Living, Executive Assistant of The Mayor’s Office for Adult Literacy, is MOAL’s newest team member. Cameron provides administrative support in addition to growing MOAL’s social media and online presence. Cameron acquired a vast array of skills from working in the food service industry from a young age. He earned a degree from the University of Houston-Downtown. While enrolled in undergraduate studies, Cameron was instrumental in establishing UHD iRadio and served as its program manager and station manager. Cameron has now shifted his talents to the world of adult literacy, helping the team advance the mission and goals for the office.