Meet the Dedicated Team
Behind Community Reading Buddies
Director of Community Reading Buddies
Artavia is an accomplished servant-leader who inspires young people, from the U.S. and developing countries, to excel in education, leadership and service. She is co-founder of the Seriboujoubougou Learning Center in Mali, West Africa, volunteers on the board of several non-profit organizations and she serves as a Commissioner in Hayward, CA. Artavia earned a B.A. in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago, a B.A. in Theology and a Masters in Divinity from Grace Christian Seminary.
Drew is the co-founder of the Lafayette Preparatory Academy schools in St. Louis, which have been recognized by Niche and U.S. News & World Report. A former math teacher himself, Drew earned a BSM in Legal Studies in Business from Tulane University, a Masters in Teaching from Pace University, and a Masters in Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary. Drew has partnered with more than 75 nonprofits and has never seen a program with as meaningful and efficient of an impact as Community Reading Buddies. His life journey is so rooted in education…he was even born in a dorm room!
Aaron is a Los Angeles native who has a passion for community development, education and social work. He is a program coordinator 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 working to obtain a degree in Psychology at Trinity University. She currently serves as a Program Coordinator for Community Reading buddies and has been a part of the organization since last summer. 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.
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?