Meet the Dedicated Team
Behind Community Reading Buddies
Director of Community Reading Buddies
Kathleen is an Oregon native who has dedicated her career to closing the opportunity gap in education. Since beginning her career as a high school teacher in New Orleans, Kathleen has held district leadership roles focused on improving academic outcomes for all students, and is excited to now bring her passion for literacy development and systems change to CRB. Kathleen holds a BA in Politics and Spanish from Scripps College and an MPP in Education from Vanderbilt University.
Interim Executive Director
Avi recently retired from fifteen years of service as Executive Director of Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay and has been serving since then as an interim leader for other nonprofit agencies. Prior to that, Avi devoted several decades of his career to doing HIV-related work, including some of the earliest efforts to mobilize faith communities to address the epidemic. He also holds two masters degrees and has been honored by KQED with their “Community Hero” award.
Aaron is a Los Angeles native who has a passion for community development, education and social work. He is a Program Manager for Community Reading Buddies. In this role, Aaron helps in the planning and implementation of the program. Prior to joining CRB, Aaron worked as a primary and secondary school teacher in Chiang Rai, Thailand for a number of years. He was a lead teacher in the subjects of English, science and math. He joined Community Reading Buddies because he believes every child should have equal access to a formal education. Aaron holds a BS in Sociology from Arizona State University.
Kristian is a Texas native who is dedicated to reducing inequities within society. Kristian has led campaigns to uplift voices of underserved communities, specifically, the Black and Indigenous communities throughout his undergraduate years. He has a BA in History from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and he plans to attend dental school to pursue a career in orthodontics.
Joy is a current student at Vanderbilt Law School, and also serves as a Program Coordinator for Community Reading Buddies. Social justice and community engagement are passions that drive her to join many initiatives aimed at balancing the scales for underrepresented groups and giving back to the community. Joy holds a BA in Psychology from Trinity University.
Jack is an Oakland native dedicated to improving education and childhood experience for all Bay Area kids. Once a Youth Mentor in Community Reading Buddies himself, he has also served as an educator and leader in classroom, international development, nonprofit, and corporate contexts. Jack holds a BA in Historical Studies from Bard College, and was also formerly the Executive Director of Aspire Education from 2014 – 2018.
Nancy has an accounting and finance background. She worked at Price Waterhouse (briefly) and at Levi Strauss & Co. (20+years), including a stint as Finance Director in the UK. She joined the Board in 2019 because she believes strongly in the opportunities afforded by education and the need for more students to access higher education. An avid basketball fan (starting with the Knicks but graduated to the Warriors), she has some sports knowledge that might surprise you!!
Join the Team!
Any educational program is only as good as those who provide it, so we strive to attract, develop, and reward the most effective, committed change-makers who deeply believe that the early literacy problem is solvable. Interested?