Executive director, Twin CitiesBrooke has dedicated her professional career to the belief that education is the lever by which we will change the world and the future for low-income individuals. As a member of the College Possible leadership team, she developed strengths in program management, curriculum design, implementation, and evaluation. Through multiple promotions as the organization grew from one region to a national organization, she effectively led the creation of the college program from inception to implementation across multiple sites. In 2011, Brooke received the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Catalytic Leader Award. Recognizing that reading is the foundation for educational success, Brooke took the opportunity to join Reading Partners as program director for the Twin Cities during its inaugural year in the region. She effectively led all programming and volunteer recruitment efforts, ensuring strong programmatic results for students, and helped Reading Partners Twin Cities more than double in size by year three. Brooke holds bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and Spanish, with a minor in english literature from Bethel University. A lover of laughter, Brooke gets plenty of it as a mom to one year old Josie (named after Jo March in Little Women).
Deputy Program DirectorAsha Farah is a former language arts teacher and Peace Corps volunteer. She received her master’s degree in language, reading and culture from the University of Arizona where her focus was on literacy and second language acquisition. She's very excited about the mission of Reading Partners because she knows that individualized instruction is the key to unlocking children’s potential and that volunteers help students build confidence and develop a love of reading.
External relations associateTommy is a dedicated advocate for educational equity. Following his time at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, Tommy went on to serve as a college access and success coach with College Possible. As a former Americorps member, he firmly believes in the service model. Tommy is excited to support the mission of Reading Partners and continue to strengthen the bridge between our communities and volunteers with our students, as they develop the habits to become lifelong learners.
Program managerErin Schulz has a lifelong love of learning and a passion for literacy equity. After she graduated from Macalester College, where she majored in Creative Writing and Education, she taught English Language Arts and AVID to students in the beautiful Yakima Valley. She's excited to be part of the Reading Partners team in the Twin Cities because she's seen the impact strong reading skills can have on a child's whole educational journey. If you want to spark a conversation with her, asking what she's reading now is guaranteed to work!
External Relations DirectorGraham Sutherland is a development professional with a strong commitment to social justice and education equity in the Twin Cities. He believes that a love of reading can unlock the potential to become powerful self-advocates and lifelong learners. Prior to joining Reading Partners, Graham worked in development in the realm of college access and success with College Possible. Originally from Seattle, Graham earned his bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN.
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