New York City

Our Team

  • Jennifer Harwood

    Jennifer Harwood

    Executive Director

    Jennifer Harwood began her career in international development, working for AIESEC International in Australia and then the Middle East, facilitating youth leadership programs with a focus on cross-cultural understanding. Jennifer led the expansion of this program into Bahrain, Qatar, and Oman, setting up three local non-profits to become sustainable and self-sufficient. She then moved to the U.S. to work for City Year, an education non-profit working to bridge the education gap in high-poverty communities. Starting in the South Bronx and then going on to lead City Year's programs across New York, Jennifer was responsible for the execution of programs across 22 schools throughout the city. Next, Jennifer moved back to her hometown in Sydney, Australia in 2012 and worked for Standards Australia. There, she lead their national development work securing funding with government, industry and other non-profits. In 2016, Jennifer joined the Reading Partners national team as the executive director of national and community service. Her team increased funding by over a million dollars and 100 AmeriCorps members over two years. She is also responsible for overseeing our national recruitment of volunteer tutors.

    Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in organizational development.

  • Yanely Espinal

    Program Manager

    Born and raised in Brooklyn, Yanely is a proud product of NYC public schools. In her second year as a program manager, she is excited to have the opportunity to support schools in her hometown for the 2016-17 school year. Yanely graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School before going on to receive her bachelor's degree at Brown University. She joined Teach For America in 2011, teaching third and fourth grade in Canarsie, Brooklyn. She received her master's degree from Relay Graduate School of Education in 2013. In her spare time she spends time with her family, sews, paints, listens to podcasts, and helps people learn about basic money management. If you aren't careful, she will tell you in great detail about her dream of creating national financial literacy standards. You can reach Yanely at
  • Allison Hoyle

    Program Manager

    Alli is a program manager in NYC. Prior to joining Reading Partners, Alli taught third grade and first grade with Teach For America and was a middle school literacy coach in Miami, FL. Most recently, Alli completed a master's degree in public administration and social work at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH while working for the State Department of Education in the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness. Alli graduated from The University of Florida with a bachelor's in psychology and english literature. Originally from south Florida, Alli is happy to be living near a coast again and to be back in classrooms! You can reach Alli at
  • Kaitlin Kotsko

    Deputy Director, Program

    Kate is excited to be joining Reading Partners New York as the senior program manager. After graduating from University of Georgia, she started her career in education as a fourth grade teacher in Charlotte, NC. She then transitioned to a staff role at Teach For America, where she recruited over 100 teachers to join the teaching force to end educational inequity in our country. After that, she worked for Teach For America in New York as a coach and manager of first and second year teachers. Most recently, she worked in a charter school in Harlem as the English language learner program manager and as a kindergarten teacher. Kate has a passion for providing young students with all of the resources and opportunities needed to become lifelong readers and learners! In her free time, Kate enjoys exploring great restaurants in New York, catching Broadway shows, and training for her first NYC marathon! You can reach her at
  • Rhea Quinones

    Community Engagement Manager

    Rhea is honored to join Reading Partners as the community engagement manager for the New York region. Rhea spent three years with Achievement First Charter School Network where she developed community partnerships in Brooklyn, ensured strong family engagement, and managed community outreach for student recruitment efforts. Prior to to her work with Achievement First, Mrs. Quinones worked as a community organizer for a decade, supporting grass roots education, housing, and transit organizing in Mammoth Lakes, CA, Chicago, IL, Manhattan, NY, and Patterson, NJ. Rhea is committed to giving all students access to an amazing education, and is passionate about using volunteers to help address critical problems facing our country.
  • Megan Ross

    Director, New Business Development

    Megan joins the Reading Partners New York team as the first senior major gifts officer in the network. Most recently, Megan served for six years in a similar role at City Year New York. Megan's experiences focus primarily on individual giving, piloting national major gifts programs, and relationship development on all levels. Megan is thrilled to be joining a wonderful team in New York and is very excited about the prospect of developing a major gifts program both locally and nationally for Reading Partners. Megan lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children and has seen first hand the importance of developing strong literacy skills at a young age. Megan is honored to be working with a national nonprofit organization with a proven model and measurable results that will literally be changing the educational outcomes for countless of our country's youth. You can reach Megan at
  • Kemba Tamar

    Director, NYC Strategic Initiatives

    Kemba is no stranger to literacy or the nonprofit world. After graduating from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, she jumped right into the nonprofit sector and ran a tutorial program in Baltimore City Schools that had over 20 AmeriCorps members serving Southwest Baltimore and East Baltimore. For the past 15 years, Kemba was the Program Director for the Community Service Society NYC Experience Corps Program. Her passion has always been centered around student achievement and mobilizing volunteers to serve in their local communities. Over the years, she has worked with multiple school districts across New York City. She is a proud mom and in her spare time, Kemba enjoys spending time with family and traveling. You can reach Kemba at
  • Elaine Tang

    Program Manager

    Elaine is joining Reading Partners as a program manager for the Queens and East Harlem school sites. Prior to Reading Partners, she taught in public elementary schools in New Jersey as a general education and academic intervention teacher. Elaine is a proud Rutgers University alumna where she earned her bachelor's in English literature and master of education in elementary/special education. At Rutgers, she served as an Urban Teaching Fellow through which she became passionate about culturally responsive pedagogy, effecting social change through education, and redressing the societal factors that contribute to the achievement gap. Born and raised in Queens, Elaine is beyond excited to be supporting schools in her hometown. You can reach Elaine at

AmeriCorps Team

Community Engagement

Malika Christopher, Volunteer Organizer

Chelsey Clevenger, Volunteer Organizer

Andrew Kowal, Volunteer Coordinator

Anthony Kuo, Volunteer Coordinator

Site Coordinators

Krystal Burrows, Senior Site Coordinator, PS 305

Genise Deal, Site Coordinator, PS 38

Megan Defrank, Regional Site Coordinator

Carlos Galindo, Regional Site Coordinator

Will Goodman, Site Coordinator, PS 140

Prince Grant, Site Coordinator, PS 48Q

Kathy Hoang, Regional Site Coordinator

Ersane John, Site Coordinator, PS 3

Caitlyn Letterii, Regional Site Coordinator

Ade Logunleko, Site Coordinator, PS 54

Prinda Mulpramook, Site Coordinator, 48X

Tracy Mitchell, Site Coordinator, PS 192

Madeline Nelson, Site Coordinator, PS 33

Roslyn Parker, Senior Site Coordinator, PS 40

Nicole Ruiz Torres, Site Coordinator, PS 315

Camilla Savage, Site Coordinator, PS 126

Brandi Taylor, Site Coordinator, PS 123

Mariana Toro, Site Coordinator, PS 188

Tia Walker, Site Coordinator, PS 175

Alexis Walls, Site Coordinator, TBD

Becca Waxman, Site Coordinator, PS 158

Ashley Williams, Site Coordinator, Hyde Leadership Charter School

FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellow

Claudia Von Nostitz

Advisory Board

Erin Argo, Assistant United States Attorney, US Attorney’s Office

Matthew Baldwin, Board Committee Chair

Kerri Martin Bartlett

David Berg, Corporate Partner, Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel, LLP

Gillian Francis, Sustainable Solutions, Lockheed Martin Energy

James Hobson, Board Chair, Chief Executive Officer, Attune Insurance

Brandon Lower, Head of Financial Sponsors Group, William Blair & Company

Melissa Magner, Board Committee Chair, Director, BlackRock Solutions

Marshall N. McIntosh, Sr. Vice President, Head, U.S. GWM Internal Sales, PIMCO

Carlos Moreno, CEO & Founder, MonkeyBroker

Matt Perelman, Garnett Station Partners

Bill Ribbecke, The JPB Foundation, Vice President of Investments

Elise Rosenberg, Director – Capital Solutions, Barclays

Alexander Sloane, Trustee, Heckscher Foundation for Children; Garnett Station Partners

Amy M. Starck, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Stephen G. Tomlinson, P.C., Partner, Real Estate, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Jennifer Woods

Daniel Zarkowsky, Managing Director – Middle Market Group, Goldman Sachs

Associate Board

Samantha Arnow, Analyst, William Blair

Ross Chapman, Business Development & Platform Solutions, OnDeck

Zack Coleman, Associate, Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC

Nicole Dermond Siegel

Tiffany Fariole, Principal, Blackstone

Raquel Grazi FischerAssociate Board Vice ChairAssociate, Mousse Partners

Ramyata JoshiAssociate Board Chair, Winton Capital

Dasle Kim, Social Impact Manager, Pearson

David Levine, Principal, Blackstone

Jake Meister, Dominus Capital, L.P.

Emily O’Shaughnessy, Graduate Student, Columbia University Teacher’s College

Nasim Peretsman, Associate Board Committee Chair, Counsel, PRADA USA Corp.

Katherine Schafler, Psychotherapist / Private Practice / In-house at Google

Caroline Shirk, Consultant, The Boston Consulting Group

Brodie Stone, Associate, PIMCO Investments

Anupama Yerramali, Associate, Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel, LLP

Tutor Advisory Council

Thomas Angiulo

Nancy Hemmes

Nikka Landau

Christina Mason, Tutor Advisory Council Chair

Anne Mullin

Darlene Reid-Dodick

Julia Schnakenberg

Christopher Simon

Joan Stamler

Tom Wornom


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