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Los Angeles Area

Our Team

  • Cecilia Rivas

    Program manager

    Cecilia 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, and her desire to continue working with and being a role model for students from diverse backgrounds led her to serve three terms as an AmeriCorps program coordinator at Saturn Street Elementary. As an AmeriCorps member, Cecilia saw firsthand the positive impact Reading Partners had on the lives of the students and families she served. Cecilia continues to work towards closing the opportunity gap as a program manager with Reading Partners, managing six AmeriCorps members across the LA region.
  • Kayla Weems

    Program manager

    Since 2013, Kayla has followed her passion for community empowerment and educational equity in the non-profit sector. She is a two-time AmeriCorps alumnus and served 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.
  • Annie Chin

    Senior external relations manager

    Annie hails from the foggy Bay Area, where she discovered a love of reading and storytelling at a young age. Shortly 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 program 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’ senior external relations manager. When she’s not working, Annie can often be found at local LA cafes drinking coffee, chatting with friends, or -- you guessed it -- reading.
  • Jenna Chaffee

    Deputy program director

    Ever 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 program 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 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.
  • Alina Arana

    Special projects associate

    A Southern California native, Alina attended California State University, Northridge, where she received her B.A. in Psychology. Her passion for service and education led her to serve a term as an AmeriCorps member in Austin, Texas where she worked to advance family literacy, engaging with Spanish-speaking families and children daily. For her second term as an AmeriCorps member, Alina returned to Los Angeles to serve as a program coordinator with Reading Partners. During both of her service years, Alina loved working directly with families and students, and saw firsthand the positive effects of non-profit work, further cementing her desire to empower and serve communities. This year, Alina is excited to transition to the Reading Partners LA full-time staff as a special projects associate and to continue building resources to enhance Reading Partners’ reach.
  • Shelley Agostini

    Development associate

    Shelley’s favorite place has always been the classroom, and she knew early on that she wanted to pursue a career related to education. She received her B.A. in Psychology at UCLA, where she gained a scientific understanding of learning to supplement hands-on classroom experience and became equally passionate about public health as the President of UCLA Global Medical Brigades. The COVID-19 pandemic further shifted her focus towards nonprofit work, leading her to spend a year working at some of LA’s largest testing and vaccination sites. Shelley is now eager to jump back into the field of education and join the Reading Partners team, utilizing her variety of skills to fundraise for an organization dedicated to educational equity and closing the opportunity gap. In her spare time, Shelley enjoys hiking, painting, and road trips with her friends.
  • Chloe Oliveras

    Executive director, Los Angeles

    Chloe 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.

AmeriCorps team

Community engagement

Mary Dorotan, Volunteer Coordinator

Jacqueline Young, Senior Volunteer Coordinator


Gabriel Hamilton, Regional Program Coordinator

Iva Mrkonjic, Senior Regional Program Coordinator

Marissa Corona, Program Coordinator, Madison Elementary

Aiza De Leon, Program Coordinator, Webster Elementary

Glory Ebinama, Program Coordinator, Hamilton Elementary

Gabby Magee, Program Coordinator, Para Los Niños Elementary

Casandra Martinez, Program Coordinator, Shenandoah Street Elementary

Claire Morrison, Program Coordinator, Longfellow Elementary

Melissa Ortiz, Senior Site Coordinator, Washington Elementary School

Zimri Padilla, Program Coordinator, Carthay Center Elementary

Kendal Teeter, Program Coordinator, Crescent Heights Elementary

Andrew Timms, Program Coordinator, Jackson Elementary

Shelby Ryden, Senior Program Coordinator, McKinley School

Abigail Weston-Mark, Program Coordinator, Saturn Street Elementary

Valerie Zarate, Program Coordinator, Twentieth Street Elementary

Board of directors

Barbara Mitchell, Board Chair, We Stage It Right

Stephanie Bond, Community Member

Roberto Escobar, Scripps College Academy

Sally Harrison, Puma Biotechnology

Lauren Hernandez, CKW School Uniforms

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.


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