Los Angeles Area

Our Team

  • Laura Zachar

    Laura Zachar

    Senior Executive Director, California

    Laura Zachar is the executive director for Los Angeles and the senior executive director forCalifornia. Laura has overall responsibility for the operations of Reading Partners Los Angeles as well as the fundraising and community engagement efforts. Prior to joining Reading Partners in 2014, Laura spent over 10 years working to support educational equity for students through various roles, most recently as a consultant for AVID and an executive director for Playworks. Laura holds a degree from Arizona State University and a CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) certification, and has raised nearly $20M in her career. A Southern California native and voracious reader herself, Laura is committed to continuing to use education and literacy as a platform to close the opportunity gap for as many students as possible.
  • Chloe Oliveras

    External Relations Director

    Chloe has focused her career on harnessing the community to help ensure all students have the opportunity to be successful in school and beyond. As an AmeriCorps member with City Year Los Angeles, she provided individualized math and English support to students in LAUSD classrooms. She followed her passion for supporting students to Reading Partners where she's increased the volunteer program by 40 percent, established a Tutor Advisory Council, and supported numerous fundraising campaigns and events. She currently oversees fundraising and community engagement efforts for the Greater Los Angeles Area and is always interested in finding ways to collaborate with other organizations or initiatives. To contact: chloe.oliveras@readingpartners.org
  • Jenna Chaffee

    Deputy Program Director

    Jenna 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. Now in her 5th year at Reading Partners she is excited to spend more time in all 13 of our Reading Centers across LA as the Deputy Program Director!
  • Mariela Hernandez

    Program Manager

    Mariela 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 lead 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 excited to work with students to help them gain confidence in themselves and to help close the opportunity gap.
  • Kayla Weems

    Program Manager

    Kayla is a San Diego native and alum of University of California, Berkeley. During her undergraduate years, she developed a passion for education and community service that led her to serve 2 years with Reading Partners as AmeriCorps Site Coordinator after graduation. Before joining the Reading Partners Los Angeles staff, Kayla was the Senior Site Manager and Foster Grandparent Program Project Director at Jumpstart. There she trained and managed older adult volunteers to help low income preschoolers get ready for kindergarten by building foundational language, literacy, and social-emotional skills.
  • Annie Chin

    External Relations Associate

    Annie was born and raised in the Bay Area, where she discovered a love of reading and storytelling at a very young age. She fell in love with Los Angeles while completing her B.A. in Communication Studies at UCLA, and after graduating decided to apply her passion for literacy to a term of service with Reading Partners. Annie first served as an AmeriCorps Site Coordinator at Wilshire Crest Elementary in 2016-2017. She then completed a second term of service with Reading Partners as an AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator, working to mobilize over 1100 community members all over Los Angeles in 2017-2018. Annie recently joined the Reading Partners Los Angeles staff as their first External Relations Associate.

Americorps Team

Steven Aslin, Volunteer Coordinator

Analisa Cabral, Site Coordinator at Cleveland Elementary School

Kathleen Callahan, Senior Site Coordinator at Carthay Center Elementary School

Sara Couch, Regional Site Coordinator

Zuri Davis, Site Coordinator at John Muir Elementary School

Ibrahima Diallo, Site Coordinator at Longfellow Elementary School

Eric Gray, Site Coordinator at McKinley School

Kimberly Griffith, Regional Site Coordinator

Aalia Inamdar, Volunteer Coordinator

Giselle Miranda, Site Coordinator at Madison Elementary School

Beverly Omoregie, Site Coordinator at F. D. Roosevelt Elementary School

Azra Rahim, Site Coordinator at Jackson Elementary School

Cecilia Rivas, Senior Site Coordinator at Saturn Street Elementary School

Rachel Sanacora, Site Coordinator at William Green Elementary School

Zanai Wallace, Senior Site Coordinator at Wilshire Crest 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

Michelle Lee, Hahn and Hahn

Americorps

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