Los Angeles Area

Our Team

  • Laura Zachar

    Laura Zachar

    Senior 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 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.
  • Jenna Chaffee

    Program Manager/Volunteer and Program Team Liaison

    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!
  • Marcy Manker

    Deputy Program Director

    While 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.  
  • Rachel Morgan

    Program Manager

    Rachel 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.
  • Chloe Oliveras

    Senior Community Engagement Manager

    Chloe 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.

Americorps Team

Annie Chin, Senior Volunteer Coordinator

Robyn Pratt, Volunteer/Regional Site Coordinator

Jasmine Smalls, Volunteer Coordinator

Micah Mammano, Senior VISTA Development Coordinator

Site Coordinators

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


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