About Us

We focus on language learning at the elementary level, because bright futures begin now.

Of all students, need is highest in underserved communities around the country, where public elementary schools cannot afford to provide courses for languages other than English.

21 of the top 25 industrialized countries begin the study of world languages in K-5.

Children in these communities are excluded from the cognitive and competitive benefits that learning a second language offers. We intend to change that.

Students who study an additional language in elementary school perform well in divergent, creative, and high-order thinking. These skills bring leaps in standardized test scores, and improved performance in secondary school and the years to follow.

Students who study a second language gain a better sense of confidence and cultural pluralism.

Opportunities in higher education and the global and local marketplace increasingly require multilingual skills. Students who learn languages at a young age are more likely to attain near-native or even complete native fluency, which substantially increases their chances of finding a career.

Our Story

We are proud to be the only nonprofit that focuses on elementary world language education.

Global Language Project is the visionary product of Angela Jackson, Founder and CEO. Nurtured by her experience traveling for work with multinational companies and living in France, Angela saw firsthand that children abroad were multilingual at an early age, and that their ability to speak another language positioned them more competitively for opportunities in higher education and the global marketplace.

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Hear Angela talk about her vision at TEDx

Our Staff & Leadership

Elisabeth Shovers

Executive Director

Rebecca Anderson

Director of Educational Programs

Victoria Gilbert

Curriculum Specialist/Dir. of PD

Elyse Warren

Program Associate

Angela Jackson


Executive Board

Angela Jackson, Founder
Global Language Project

Rex Niswander, Chair
Morrison and Foerster

Susan Hanna-Wicht, Vice-Chair
Teachers College Columbia University

Deena Boykin, Treasurer
Retail Think Tank

Shawei Wang, Secretary
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Board Members

Shelly Delice
Jingle Bilingual

Sharon Chin

Beverly Pimsleur
Pimsleur Language Programs

Board of Advisors

Marty Abbott
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Grace Clarke-McDade
Citigroup, Inc.

Helena Curtain, Ph. D
Associate Professor, Emerita at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Irma Evangelista
New York University

Marla Guess

Denise Joly
Coty Beauty

Krystal Kaplan
National Urban League

Julia Pimsleur
Little Pim

Sasha Toperick
Senior Fellow, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Our Partners

Global Language Project holds a deep gratitude for the support of our foundation, corporate, university, and community partners who help bring our mission to life. Our partner organizations provide thought leadership, financial support, employee involvement, technical expertise and service on our board of directors.

If your organization is looking for an effective way to improve children’s future prospects, support public schools, and give back to the community, please contact us to explore sponsorship and contribution opportunities.

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Events With Our Partners

GLP Field Trip to Credit Suisse

Foundation & Corporate Partners

Louis Vuitton
Qatar Foundation International
Pinkerton Foundation
West Harlem Development Corporation
Credit Suisse
Morrison Foerster
News Corp

Community Partners

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City
Columbia University Middle East Institute
New York University
Kansas University SLLC
Pace University
Hunter, New York
Major League Baseball


At Global Language Project, we're always in search of talented individuals whose hearts beat for language learning. If that sounds like you, take a look at our open positions and apply!

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