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MARCUS SOUTRA
PRESIDENT
Marcus Soutra ABOUT MARCUS
Marcus Soutra was discovered to have dyslexia and ADHD at a young age and spent most of his childhood feeling stupid, misunderstood, and ashamed of his learning disability. Over time, Marcus grew to understand that his disability was not going to determine his fate. After successfully graduating college, he chose to devote his life to creating a world where all youth with LD / ADHD can achieve their fullest potential. Marcus joined Eye to Eye in 2006. President of the organization since 2015, he steers its continued evolution as a driving force for change for people with learning and attention issues in education, government, the workplace, and pop culture.

Marcus holds a degree in social science and secondary education from Keene State College and has taught in middle and high school classrooms. After founding the Keene State chapter of Eye to Eye, he joined Eye to Eye as its first national hire. He built the foundation for the organization and was instrumental in its strategic growth. He has developed much of the innovative curriculum and programming and, in addition, launched Camp Eye to Eye. He pioneered Eye to Eye's operations and develops and maintains strong foundation and individual giving relationships.

A leader in the LD field, Marcus has advocated for different learners in all types of settings. He was hosted by the White House's Reach Higher initiative, PBS's American Graduate Day, and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. He serves on the Understood Advisory Board, is a contributing member to Reimagine Learning, and was named a New Leaders Council Fellow in 2008. He has given lectures and keynotes in such venues as the International Dyslexia Association's Annual Conference, American Camp Association's Conference, UC Santa Barbara, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Brown University, and the Maryland Department of Disabilities' Statewide Summit.

Marcus lives in Brooklyn with his wife, an English teacher and literacy specialist. Follow Marcus on Twitter @MarcusSoutra.

FAVORITE QUOTE
"Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation."
- Robert Kennedy

WHY THIS WORK IS IMPORTANT TO ME
As a kid who grew up living with doubt, I am so proud to be leading Eye to Eye. Our work not only affects the families we engage with directly, but is transforming the way society views and understands people who learn differently.

FAVORITE PART OF MY JOB
Developing new chapters has to be one of the most exciting parts of the work I do. Seeing where a community is before Eye to Eye and then witnessing its evolution in terms of acceptance and understanding of LD in only a matter of weeks is an amazing thing.