Founded in 1983, the Mayor's Commission on Literacy was the first literacy agency in the country to be established by a local governing body. Mayor Michael A. Nutter re-appointed a new, sixteen-member Commission in 2010 and a new Executive Director with the charge of addressing the need of the City's adults to raise their education and skills levels for family-sustaining jobs, civic engagement, and economic development.
With support from the City of Philadelphia and generous funders, hundreds of partner organizations throughout the City, and the work of thousands of professionals and volunteers, The Mayor's Commission works to ensure that all adult learners have access to high-quality education. The Commission supports neighborhood-based organizations to offer adult literacy and ESL services, partners closely with the City's workforce development system, and provides volunteer training and professional development on workforce literacy for all providers in Philadelphia. High-quality distance learning and electronic literacy referrals and placements are in development to reduce waiting lists, fill classes, and make learning accessible any time, anywhere, on any device.