SF Bay Area
Hector Ramon Salazar M. Ed.
Executive DirectorConsidered a key advisor and subject matter expert on account management, brand visibility, and nonprofit leadership, Hector has established himself as a true bridge-builder in the movement for educational equity. As a fervent pacesetter for mission-driven organizations, his professional efforts have landed him extensive experience in partnering alongside school eco-systems to impact change. He has over a decade of experience developing, managing, and implementing programs targeted at the advancement of underserved groups. Hector has led partnerships with multiple local and nationwide organizations including BACR, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, YMCA, and City Year. In his previous roles with Revolution Foods, Playworks, and most recently Eye to Eye National, Hector built lasting partnerships with multiple institutions with a shared goal of designing programmatic advancement relating to outcomes, impact, and user experience while enhancing leadership, school climate, and action planning. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Oakland, California’s Holy Names University (HNU). Hector is a family man first, spending his free time laughing through life with his wife and four children.
Program Manager, East BayMichael is a program manager in the East Bay. He is a transplant to the Bay Area from Buffalo, New York where in 2011 he earned his bachelor’s from SUNY Buffalo in history and a certification in secondary education. He briefly taught seventh and eighth grade social studies before continuing his career working in the nonprofit sector with Buffalo’s growing refugee population. After working with populations in Buffalo and on the Thai-Myanmar border, Mike returned to the United States to complete his master’s in sustainable development at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been serving Reading Partners in the Silicon Valley and Bay Area as a program manager since 2015. His favorite children’s book, if forced to chose one, is Redwall by Brian Jacques. He loves camping, cars, coffee, and current events.
Senior Program Operations and Data AssociatePeter is a Bay Area native and graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Communications. His strong passion for education led him to find Reading Partners in August 2014. He first joined the Reading Partners Silicon Valley team serving as an AmeriCorps regional site coordinator for two years before moving into the role of community engagement associate in 2016. Peter assists in data collection and analysis for the community engagement and program team while also managing the regional operational systems. Peter’s favorite children’s book is Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.
Program ManagerOriginally from Los Angeles, Gardenia moved to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley where she promptly discovered the amazing literacy intervention organization called BUILD. It is through this program that she was able to serve as a Reading Partners tutor. After four years at Think College Now/International Community School, Gardenia returned to serve a year as an AmeriCorps site coordinator. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue supporting students as well as AmeriCorps members in her role as program associate. An avid reader herself, choosing a favorite book would be as horrifying a task as choosing a favorite child. However, the Harry Potter series holds a special place in her heart.
Program Manager, East BayJuly is originally from Bogotá, Colombia; since moving to the United States in 2009 she has lived in New York, California, and Indiana. She holds a bachelor's in elementary education from Universidad Distrital in Colombia and a masters of Arts in teaching from Marian University. In Colombia, she taught English as a foreign language, and shortly after her arrival in the United States, she served as an AmeriCorps member with Reading Partners in San Leandro, California. After her time as a site coordinator, she became a founding teacher at Vision Academy in Indianapolis and returned to California to work with KIPP Bay Area schools. July is thrilled to be back at Reading Partners as a program manager in the East Bay! Some of her all-time favorite children’s books are Library Lion by Kevin Hawkes and Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann. When she isn't supporting tutors and students you can find her dancing, hiking, or running.
External Relations ManagerAndrea is a Southern California native who moved to Northern California to pursue a degree in international relations; it was along this academic journey that she fell in love with education and the nonprofit sector. Following graduation, she obtained her TEFL certification and taught in rural Thailand for almost a year. Since then, she has dedicated herself to a career in the nonprofit sector, working as a nonprofit consulting assistant and then a development associate prior to joining Reading Partners. In her free time, Andrea enjoys drinking coffee, hiking, watching movies, and eating pizza. As a kid, her favorite book was The Encyclopedia of Dogs.
Program ManagerSara hails from Sonoma County and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC Santa Cruz in 2014. After graduating she served in two different AmeriCorps programs in Boston, MA- City Year and Notre Dame Mission Volunteers. Sara taught English and learned Spanish in Spain for six months and then returned to Boston to continue working in urban education as a manager of out-of-school time programming in Dorchester. Her favorite children's books are Holes, Walk Two Moons, and of course, the Harry Potter series. In her free time Sara enjoys running, traveling, vegan cooking, improv acting, and playing with her cat Rio.
Development Operations ManagerKelsey Larsen joins Reading Partners from Los Angeles, bringing with her over seven years of nonprofit experience in program leadership and development operations. Most recently, Kelsey served as the Director of Training and Data Stewardship for The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, where she guided employees through a database upgrade, led database onboarding, and ensured data integrity across the organization. Originally from McLean, Virginia, Kelsey holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in public administration, also from USC (fight on!). Kelsey is thrilled to help support students make literacy gains across the Bay Area. Kelsey always has a book nearby and is a proud AmeriCorps alum.
Program Manager, San FranciscoJenny serves a program manager in San Francisco. Originally from San Francisco, her passion for working with children in education brought her to Reading Partners. She served as a site coordinator for two years with Reading Partners before transitioning onto the management team. She is excited to work with her site coordinators, students, and tutors all across the city. Her favorite book series growing up is Harry Potter and one of her favorite books (because it’s too hard to pick just one!) is The Phantom Tollbooth.
Senior Community Engagement ManagerAllison is excited to lead the SFBA team’s volunteer recruitment efforts to engage over 1,600 tutors for our region. She has developed a passion for volunteering and service after five years of managing education programming for a nonprofit in Thailand and Myanmar, teaching primary students in Ghana, West Africa, and serving with AmeriCorps teaching resettled refugees in San Diego. She joined Reading Partners in 2015 as a program manager in San Francisco, and is excited to share her love for the reading centers to community partners and new tutors. She has a bachelor’s in human development and international studies from UC San Diego. Growing up, she loved solving mysteries with The Boxcar Children book series.
Program DirectorOriginally from the Chicago area, Mareko is an alumna of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She developed a commitment to getting things done while serving with AmeriCorps VISTA in Kansas City, and later as a City Year San Antonio Program Director. Driven by ensuring young people access the opportunities they deserve to become the change-makers our communities need, she joined amazing teams at The Posse Foundation and iMentor. Mareko most recently served as a director at Moneythink, where she launched a remote coaching program that supported students through texting and apps.
Our AmeriCorps team
Site coordinators and literacy leads
Anna Santa Elena, Site Coordinator, Bella Vista
Callum Goetz, Site Coordinator, Berkley Maynard Academy
Nia Whitaker-Little, Senior Site Coordinator Bridges Academy
Ashlyn Thomas, Site Coordinator, Cox/Reach
Magda Gutierrez, Site Coordinator, Emerson
JeJuan Narcisse, Site Coordinator, Fruitvale
Joselyne Loaiza, Site Coordinator, Futures/CUES
Alexia Lamarque, Senior Site Coordinator, Hesperian
Elli Berz, Senior Site Coordinator, Hillside
Zach Alexander, Senior Site Coordinator, Laurel
Akilah Watkins, Senior Site Coordinator, Madison Park
Natalie Quinn, Site Coordinator, North Oakland Community Charter
Mary Fernandez, Senior Site Coordinator, Think College Now/International Community School
Niesha Colbert Junior, Site Coordinator, Vincent Academy
San Francisco + South San Francisco:
Jaycee Pilpe, Site Coordinator, Bessie Carmichael
Cindy Gonzalez-Arriaga, Senior Site Coordinator, Cesar Chavez
Alondra Garcia, Site Coordinator, Flynn
Franz Mangonon, Site Coordinator, Hillcrest
Jamie Kim, Site Coordinator, Jean Parker
Karen Zhang, Senior Site Coordinator, Rosa Parks
Eyra Dordi, Site Coordinator, Sanchez
Carina Casissa, Senior Site Coordinator, Sherman
Payton Onesti, Regional Site Coordinator, Spring Valley
Eden Phillips, Site Coordinator, Spruce
Sofia Cristiani, Site Coordinator, Tenderloin
Distance Tutoring Coordinator section
Lauren Cono, Senior Distance Tutoring Coordinator
Catherine Castillo, Distance Tutoring Coordinator
Catalina O’Connor, Senior Distance Tutoring Coordinator
Simone Moore, Distance Tutoring Coordinator
Alexis Miller, Distance Tutoring Coordinator
Sydney Grove, Distance Tutoring Coordinator
Clarence Say, Distance Tutoring Coordinator
Aminah Habib, Distance Tutoring Coordinator
Lola Collins, Distance Tutoring Coordinator
Anita Ayala, Distance Tutoring Coordinator
Noelle Clark, Volunteer Coordinator
Sam Recinos, Senior Volunteer Coordinator
Raul Chavez, Volunteer Coordinator
Tiffany Yang, Volunteer Coordinator
Shea Krause, Development Coordinator
Helena Brantley, Principal, Red Pencil Publicity + Marketing
Cathy Cockrum Dean, Education Philanthropist
Michael Dechert, Analyst, Farallon Capital Management
David Ellis, Sales Director – Mid-Market & Enterprise North America, LinkedIn
Jennifer Friedland, Golden Gate Mother’s Club, Volunteer Chair
Zachary Hill, Director of Community Relations, Golden State Warriors
April Kupper, Vice President, JPMorgan
Chris Lambert, Chief Technology Officer, Lyft
Emma Parkerson, Associate, Network Improvement Science, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
R. James Slaughter, Partner, Keker & Van Nest LLP
Kristin Sverchek, Lyft, General Counsel
Tom White, President and CEO, Co-founder, Triact Therapeutics Inc.
Charlie Wyman, Principal, Seven Post Investment Office LP