Los Angeles Area
Senior Executive Director Los AngelesLaura leads Reading Partners in the Greater Los Angeles area. Laura was born and raised in Southern California and has spent the thirteen years 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. Laura also holds a CFRE certification and has personally raised over $15 million to support youth-serving organizations. 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.
Program Manager/Volunteer and Program Team LiaisonJenna grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, then attended Cornell University where she double majored in psychology and linguistics. There she focused on infant language acquisition research. It wasn't until after college that she discovered her passion for literacy and education while volunteering at an elementary school in her hometown. This passion led her to move across the country and join Reading Partners. She served two years as an AmeriCorps Site Coordinator, opening a new Reading Center at Madison Elementary School before joining the RPLA staff!
Deputy Program DirectorWhile in college, Marcy began her career working with struggling readers at a Lindamood-Bell Learning Center. She later worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater LA, where she oversaw the recruitment and enrollment of both students and mentors. Recently, Marcy received her master’s in education policy, organizations, and leadership from Stanford University.
Program ManagerRachel became involved in service-learning as a volunteer tutor for a local after-school program while she earned her bachelor’s in English from Birmingham-Southern College. From there, she worked in public policy, refugee resettlement, and reading instruction for students with special needs. Last year, Rachel participated in our launch of Don Benito Fundamental School’s new reading center as their first site coordinator.
Senior Community Engagement ManagerChloe 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. Now in her fourth year at Reading Partners, she's excited to continue her work empowering committee members and growing community partner and volunteer support for the Los Angeles area.
Annie Chin, Senior Volunteer Coordinator
Robyn Pratt, Volunteer/Regional Site Coordinator
Jasmine Smalls, Volunteer Coordinator
Micah Mammano, Senior VISTA Development Coordinator
Ben Hutchinson, Senior Regional Site Coordinator
Elizabeth Bellas, Longfellow Elementary School
Jessica Steinert, Jefferson Elementary School
Becky Garay, McKinley Elementary School
Yesenia Guerrero, Jackson Elementary School
Susan Cho, Cleveland Elementary School
Sofia Robles, Madison Elementary School
Lauren Flemming, Washington Accelerated Elementary School
Zanai Wallace, Wilshire Crest Elementary School
Cecilia Rivas, Saturn Street Elementary School
Kathleen Callahan, Carthay Center Elementary School
Natasha Eggleston, William Green Elementary School
Calvin Williams, F.D. Roosevelt Elementary School
Winnie Bee, John Muir Elementary School
Board of Directors
Barbara Mitchell, Board Chair, Community Member
Sally Harrison, Puma Biotechnology
Steve Fox, Capital Group
Jennifer Allan Goldman, Junior League
Jessica Kaczmarek, James Irvine Foundation
Kelly Hewitt King, California Community Foundation
Pam Kunick-Cohen, Technicolor
Priscilla Gamb, Pasadena Community Foundation
Pamela Parker, Sony Pictures Entertainment