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Silicon Valley

Our Team

  • Patricia O'Brien

    Patricia O'Brien

    Executive director, Silicon Valley

    Patricia O’Brien, a Bay Area native, joins Reading Partners with more than 25 years experience leading non-profit organizations in the Bay Area and beyond. Most recently she served as the Regional Executive Director of Playworks, strengthening the Silicon Valley region, then leading the Texas/Louisiana region. She has a Masters degree in sociology from UC Berkeley, which she could not have earned without a deep love of reading. Patricia wishes every child to have the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, curiosity, and to experience the incredible benefits that books can bring. When she's not reading, you might find her exploring the many local trails with her 2 Vizslas.
  • Monique Garcia

    Director of development and external relations

    Monique Garcia is originally from San Jose, California. Her role is to engage new and existing volunteers as well as corporate partners. She works closely with the executive director on regional development operations, such as grant writing and donor stewardship. Monique has spent the majority of her career working at nonprofit organizations, including the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in Mountain View and International House in New York City. As a former Peace Corps volunteer, she values dedicating time and energy to national service. During her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and her new kitten, Clementine.
  • Brian Lam

    External relations manager

    Brian grew up in Milpitas and is excited to bring his love of learning back to his hometown. To him, there’s nothing better than being able to give back to the community and really make positive changes in peoples’ lives, especially for children in the community. Brian has worked with students from preschool through grade 12 and up to graduate school. His main goal is to help everyone reach their potential and become lifelong learners. In his free time, Brian loves to travel the world, try out new recipes, draw, read books from around the world, and write poetry.
  • Jeannette Lee

    Senior program manager

    As the San Jose and Milpitas program manager, Jeannette Lee supports a team of AmeriCorps members with running and maintaining successful reading centers and school partnerships. After first tutoring with Reading Partners NYC for three years and then serving two AmeriCorps terms with Silicon Valley, Jeannette understands what is needed for effective one-to-one tutoring from multiple viewpoints. Originally from New York City, Jeannette holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and enjoys hitting the gym, traveling and exploring, and simply passing the time with great company and food.
  • Chris Johnson

    Deputy program director

    Chris is originally from a small town in northeast Ohio, where he graduated from Ohio University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in economics. Since leaving Ohio, Chris has lived in the Bay Area for four years, including San Jose and San Francisco. Before joining the Reading Partners team, Chris has worked as an AmeriCorps member with City Year, taught English at a university in Thailand, and returned to the US to lead outreach efforts for a small nonprofit helping high school students gain admission to summer programs. Chris is excited to use this experience to help more students in the Bay Area realize their full potential and the importance of reading. Outside of work, Chris enjoys exploring new places and being anywhere outside with his dog.
  • Trisha Cartmell

    Program manager

    Trisha is excited to bring her love of literacy and learning to Reading Partners. Originally from Washington State, Trisha received her bachelor's degree from the University of Washington, and a master’s in teaching from Seattle University. She taught first grade for several years before exploring the corporate and private education sectors abroad. Having an interest in cultures, food, and people, she has lived in India, China, and most recently Singapore. Trisha hopes to help all students realize their academic potential, and become lifelong learners.

AmeriCorps team

Volunteer coordinators

Peter Tran

Senior program coordinators

Sara Aguilar
Katie M’Guinness
Andrew Roselo
Nancy Rhee

Program coordinators

Hitesh Kumar
Tara Madhav
Grace McNamara
Mary Roldán

Board of directors

Anne CampbellSan Mateo County Superintendent of Schools


Dan Casetta, Region Manager, Western Region at Vector Marketing/Cutco Cutlery


Nolene Fabre, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer, See’s Candies


Jamie Keenan, Managing Partner, Keenan Capital


Bill Kelly, Board Chair, Senior Counsel, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP


Rahul Patel, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Connectivity, Qualcomm


Nicole Singer

Nicole Singer, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Synaptics



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