Los Angeles Area

Our Team

  • Laura Zachar

    Laura Zachar

    Executive Director Los Angeles

    Laura leads Reading Partners in the Greater Los Angeles area. Laura was born and raised in Southern California and has spent the last decade working to close the achievement gap in communities in California, New Mexico, and Arizona. After attending Arizona State University, Laura worked for several years in Phoenix and New Mexico with youth development and education organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girls For A Change, and Citizen Schools. Most recently, Laura has been an executive director for Playworks and a consultant for AVID Center in San Diego. A voracious reader and writer herself, Laura’s passion is to provide support and outreach to schools and communities to support students in achieving their full potential.  
  • Jenna Chaffee

    Program Associate

    Jenna Chaffee has been with Reading Partners for the past two years as the site coordinator at Madison Elementary, and is excited to be joining the team as a program associate in Pasadena. Jenna grew up in Knoxville, TN and attended Cornell University where she double majored in psychology and linguistics. In college, she focused on infant language acquisition research, but later discovered her passion for literacy and elementary education through some volunteer opportunities in local elementary schools. She is looking forward to continuing the work with the Reading Partners LA team this year!
  • Marcy Manker

    Program Manager

    Marcy grew up in Altadena and has a background in both literacy intervention and nonprofit program management. She began her career working with struggling readers during college: she spent summers working directly with students at a Lindamood-Bell Learning Center. After receiving her BA in English from Whitman College, Marcy went on to become a center manager for Lindamood-Bell, overseeing instructional quality and center operations. Marcy later worked with youth and volunteers at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater LA, where she oversaw the recruitment and enrollment of both students and mentors. Marcy recently received her MA in education policy, organizations, and leadership from Stanford University. She is excited to be a part of the Reading Partners' team and to work toward transforming students' lives through the power of reading.
  • Rachel Morgan

    Program Associate

    Rachel Morgan joined the Reading Partners team in 2015 as an AmeriCorps site coordinator at Don Benito Elementary to pursue a passion for literacy and public service. She earned her BA in English from Birmingham-Southern College, where she first got involved in service-learning as a volunteer tutor at a local after-school program. Since then, she has worked in public policy, refugee resettlement, and reading instruction for students with special needs. She is thrilled to be joining the full-time staff as a program associate.
  • Chloe Oliveras

    Community Engagement Associate

    Chloe Oliveras is a Southeast native and University of Florida alum. She holds a degree in journalism and communications, and focused her college career on harnessing the media to build community. Prior to her work with Reading Partners, she completed a year of service as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Los Angeles, where she provided individualized math and English support to students in LAUSD classrooms. She followed her passion for supporting students and building community to Reading Partners, where she served a second term of service as an AmeriCorps volunteer coordinator. Chloe is excited to continue her work with Reading Partners as the Los Angeles community engagement associate, and she looks forward to overseeing the growth of community partners and volunteer support for the Los Angeles area. You can contact Chloe at chloe.oliveras@readingpartners.org.
  • Becca Patton

    Program Director

    Becca Patton has been involved in early education and care for the past eight years, most recently as a public affairs specialist for LAUP (Los Angeles Universal Preschool). In this role, Becca supported campaigns that led to an additional $100 million invested in early learning at the local, state, and federal level. Prior to LAUP, Becca was with Jumpstart, also an AmeriCorps program, where she supported college students working with preschool children throughout Los Angeles. Becca is excited to be with Reading Partners and helping to ensure all students have the support necessary to be life-long readers.  

AmeriCorps Team

Monica de la Cruz, West LA Senior Volunteer Coordinator

Vivien Enriquez, Pasadena Volunteer Coordinator

Jessica Savage, VISTA Development Coordinator

Site Coordinators

Becka Garay, West LA Regional Site Coordinator

Julia Ruiz, Pasadena Regional Site Coordinator

Niysha Anderson, Cleveland Elementary School

Elizabeth Bellas, Henry W. Longfellow Elementary School

Cristina Checa, Carthay Center Elementary School

Annie Chin, Wilshire Crest Elementary School

Kendal Copeland, Don Benito Fundamental School

Armand Demirchyan, Jackson Elementary School

Ben Hutchinson, William Green Elementary School

Jeremy Minter, Washington Accelerated Elementary School

Sofia Robles, Madison Elementary School

Jessica Steinert, Jefferson Elementary School

Jennifer Tate, John Muir Elementary School

Alesha Walker, Saturn Street Elementary School

Calvin Williams, F.D. Roosevelt Elementary School


Board of Directors

Barbara Mitchell, Board Chair, Community Member and Reading Partners tutor

Bill Creim, Creim Macias Koenig & Frey LLP

Jennifer Goldman, Community Member

Lyndsay Harding, Amblin Partners

Kelly Hewitt King, California Community Foundation

Pam Kunick-Cohen, Technicolor

Gabriel Papa, New York Life Insurance Company

Pamela Parker, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Drake Pruitt, Lionsolver, Inc.

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