Executive DirectorRachel brings twenty years of non-profit and public policy experience to her role as the Sacramento executive director. Most recently, she served with the City of Sacramento as the district director for Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby, managing the day-to-day operations of the office and serving as a liaison between constituents and city staff to solve complex challenges. As the director of family and community engagement for the California Charter Schools Association, Rachel identified and mentored parent leaders to become advocates for their schools, helping them collaborate with policy makers through positive and productive dialogue. Her passion for Reading Partners grew out of an opportunity to tutor students at one of the reading centers when she served as the communications officer for Mayor Kevin Johnson's literacy initiative Sacramento READS!Read
which was launched to educate the community about the need for children to read on grade level by the end of third grade. Previous to these roles, Rachel worked on policy advocacy to increase access to affordable child care with Child Action, Inc. and was the training coordinator at the Sacramento Children’s Home and the Children’s Receiving Home. Her career has been dedicated to the well-being of children and families, rooted in the belief that every child deserves a bright future.
Program ManagerChristina grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from U.C. Davis with her B.A. in history, multiple subject teaching credential, and Masters in education. Prior to being a program manager in Sacramento, Christina taught third grade, fourth grade, and K-6 grade technology. Additionally, Christina was the Reading Partners site coordinator at Peter Burnett Elementary School in Sacramento for FY14-15. As a program manager, she oversees four school sites and manages student progress. She is excited to continue working with Reading Partners to address the national literacy crisis. Contact Christina at Christina.email@example.com.
Development ManagerBefore joining Reading Partners, Virginia spent six years working in development, focusing on major gifts, event planning, and grant writing, for the Crocker Art Museum and LifeSTEPS. Virginia is a passionate supporter of reading and lifelong learning. She earned her master’s in museum studies and MBA from John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, California. Her favorite children’s book is Roald Dahl’s The BFG. Contact Virginia at Virginia.firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 746-8306.
Program ManagerMike was born, raised, and educated near the shores of Lake Michigan where he began a life-long love of experiential education and working with children, beginning with what became a long history with the YMCA. He has spent the better part of his life dedicated to education-centered nonprofit work and comes to Reading Partners Sacramento after spending time as a site coordinator with Reading Partners Silicon Valley. As a program manager, he oversees five school sites and is passionate about childhood education. His philosophy is that in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, and clarify values, we must purposefully engage the students with direct experience and focused reflection, because it will all develop the students' capacity to contribute to their communities. When he's not in one of the reading centers, Mike can be found on his bike or between the pages of the pretentiously long book he's only pretending to read. Contact Mike at email@example.com or 415.305.5201.
Community Engagement AssociateRachael is a native of Alameda, California in the East Bay Area. She graduated from the University of California, Davis where she studied women and gender studies. Prior to joining Reading Partners, she volunteered with Sacramento nonprofits, primarily in the women’s health field, and served as a peer educator with the UC Davis Women’s Research and Resource Center. This is her third year with Reading Partners Sacramento, having completed two AmeriCorps terms as the volunteer coordinator. She oversees volunteer
recruitment and the cultivation of strategic community partnerships. She is excited to continue working in collaboration with the Sacramento community at large to address the literacy crisis in California. Contact Rachael at rachael.valler@ readingpartners.org or 916-996-0830.
Shannon Butler, Volunteer Coordinator
Cindy Ayala, Site Coordinator, Bret Harte Elementary
Meleah Campbell, Site Coordinator, Peter Burnett Elementary
Julia Glick, Site Coordinator, H.W. Harkness Elementary
Vanessa Hernandez, Regional Site Coordinator
Opinerveer “Pindee” Kaur, Senior Site Coordinator, Pacific Elementary
Evelyn Kwong, Site Coordinator, Caroline Wenzel Elementary
Uri Martinez-Tavera, Site Coordinator, Bell Avenue Elementary
Allison Miyashiro, Site Coordinator, Ethel Phillips Elementary
Karin Oxenham, Site Coordinator, Michael J. Castori Elementary
Edith Santibanez, Senior Site Coordinator, Glenwood Elementary
Erica Walthall, Site Coordinator, Northwood Elementary
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Hon. David Abbott
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Sacramento State University Student
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Jane Tsai Weaver
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