Los Angeles Area
Executive DirectorChloe Oliveras is a nonprofit professional with experience in both community-building and fundraising. She has a passion for education equity, which has brought her both into the classroom and beyond. In her time at Reading Partners, she has built a robust volunteer program and worked with a number of collective impact groups and local community organizations to build strong ties to the neighborhoods surrounding LA’s Reading Partners tutoring centers. She has served on two Los Angeles young professional boards for reproductive rights organizations, as well as chaired Planned Parenthood LA’s signature Bingo For Choice fundraiser. She’s a proud University of Florida alum with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and gender studies.
Deputy Program DirectorEver since moving to LA and joining the Reading Partners team in 2014, Jenna has been dedicated to the Reading Partners mission and feels deeply connected to the Los Angeles community. Jenna started out running a Reading Partners tutoring center as an AmeriCorps Site Coordinator. She felt passionately not only about her students and volunteers, but about improving and growing the program to best serve as many students as possible. As the Deputy Program Director, Jenna is able to do this for all Reading Partners schools across LA and is responsible for ensuring students across the region are meeting their literacy goals. Before joining Reading Partners, Jenna became interested in literacy and educational equity while volunteering at a school in her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee. Prior to that, she had worked doing research in several language acquisition labs and earned her degree in Psychology and Linguistics at Cornell University.
Program ManagerMariela is originally from the East Coast. She studied at Florida International University and received her degree in English Education. Upon graduation, she dedicated two years of service with City Year and continued her work there within leadership. She later transitioned to working at YouthBuild Charter School in Philadelphia as an Operations Manager, supporting students in earning their diplomas. She has also worked with Step Up, where she led staff to empower young girls to be confident and college-ready. Mariela's passion for literacy and national service eventually brought her to Reading Partners. She is passionate about working with students to help them gain confidence in themselves and to help close the opportunity gap.
Program ManagerSince 2013, Kayla has followed her passion for community empowerment and educational equity in the non-profit sector. She is a two-time Americorps alumni and continued her love of national service as Foster Grandparent Program project director at Jumpstart, where she trained older adult volunteers to help preschoolers from underserved communities build foundational language, literacy, and social-emotional skills. At Reading Partners, Kayla manages a portfolio of Americorps members to deliver exceptional literacy programming with an emphasis on tutor training and support. Kayla is a San Diego Native, a proud UC Berkeley golden bear, and enjoys road trips, camping, and of course, reading.
External Relations ManagerAnnie was born and raised in the Bay Area, where she discovered a love of reading and storytelling at a young age. After receiving her B.A. in Communication Studies at UCLA, Annie chose to apply her passion for literacy to two terms of service with Reading Partners, first serving as a site coordinator at Wilshire Crest Elementary and then as a senior volunteer coordinator for the LA region. As a former member of both the program and community engagement teams, Annie currently applies her varied expertise to her role as Reading Partners Los Angeles’ External Relations Manager. In her spare time, Annie can often be found -- you guessed it -- reading.
Program ManagerCecilia was born and raised in Southern California. She attended San Francisco State University where she received her B.A. in Communicative Disorders and minored in Special Education. Her passion for education and literacy brought her to Reading Partners as a tutor in the Bay Area. Her desire to continue working with students and serving as a role model for students from diverse backgrounds led her to serve as an AmeriCorps Site Coordinator in 2017. For the past three years, she served as a Senior Site Coordinator at Saturn Street Elementary. As an AmeriCorps member, Cecilia saw first hand the positive impact Reading Partners had in the lives of the students and families she served. Cecilia is excited to transition to the Reading Partners LA staff this year as a Program Manager and to continue working to close the opportunity gap.
Ellen Mulvihill, Senior Volunteer Coordinator
Jacqueline Young, Volunteer Coordinator
Claudia Alaix, Distance Tutoring Coordinator, Pasadena
Alina Arana, Site Coordinator at Jackson Elementary School
Russell Chang, Senior Distance Tutoring Coordinator, Los Angeles
Griffen Emmet, Site Coordinator at Carthay Elementary School
Heather Honig, Senior Site Coordinator at Madison Elementary School
Oona Laurie, Senior Site Coordinator at Shenandoah Street Elementary School
Iva Mrkonjic, Senior Site Coordinator at Hamilton Elementary School
Melissa Ortiz, Senior Site Coordinator at Washington Elementary School
Davis Sanchez, Site Coordinator at Para Los Niños Elementary School
Alexis Van Eyken, Site Coordinator at Crescent Heights Elementary School
Debora Vicente, Senior Site Coordinator at Longfellow Elementary School
Shelby Vogl, Site Coordinator at McKinley School
Jaimi Zwerling, Site Coordinator at Saturn Street Elementary School
Board of directors
Barbara Mitchell, Board Chair, We Stage It Right
Stephanie Bond, Community Member
Sally Harrison, Puma Biotechnology
Steve Fox, Capital Group
Jessica Kaczmarek, James Irvine Foundation
Kelly Hewitt King, California Community Foundation
Pam Kunick-Cohen, Community Member
Michelle Lee, Holland & Knight LLP
Jeremy Minter, LA Conservation Corps
Nyanza Shaw, Shaw Esquire
Veronica Truong, Black Equities Group, Ltd.