Our Team

Sarah Heraldo

Executive Director

Sarah joined the Read Write Discover team in 2016. She became involved because she wanted to join a local organization that promoted literacy and heard about Read Write Discover through the San Jose Library. She previously studied Child and Adolescent Development at San Francisco State University. After graduating, she worked in various educational capacities (nonprofit sector, educational field trip programs, public schools, and private schools). She is involved in community outreach and is passionate about free education and educational resources. She currently works as a Recruiting Coordinator for Course Hero in Redwood City.

Seema Ullal

Program Director

Seema has been a member of the Read Write Discover executive team since 2012. Seema’s passion for improving access to education for all students stems from her involvement in tutoring and mentoring organizations at UCLA, and later her work as a ninth-grade Algebra teacher through Teach for America. She is excited to be a part of Read Write Discover as she believes that literacy is an essential skill that many students struggle with. She studied Applied Mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles and then studied computer science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Seema now works as a software engineer in San Francisco.

Vanessa Nguyen

Program Manager

Vanessa joined the Read Write Discover team in 2016. She heard about Read Write Discover through friends and became involved because she loves working with children and having the opportunity to positively impact the lives of young children and families. She is currently studying Human Developmental Sciences at University of California, San Diego. She has been involved in nonprofit community-service organizations and worked as an academic instructor that teaches math, English, and public speaking. She is currently involved in the Vietnamese Student Association and continues to be involved with RWD because of her strong passion for building a foundation of literacy and education for her local community.

Anne Tran

Program Manager

Anne joined the Read Write Discover team in 2016. Having previously attended the program as a primary school student, Anne became involved to pay it forward and help the youths of her community build a strong foundation in literacy. As a big advocate of increasing education accessibility in underserved communities, Anne made an impact by volunteering as a tutor and then site coordinator for the Berryessa Library branch of Read Write Discover. Currently, she remains involved offsite as a program manager while she pursues a Bachelor’s of Science in Physiological Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Anne seeks to help Read Write Discover continue to grow and positively influence the lives of students like her younger self.

Nathan Kline

Program Manager

Nathan joined the Read Write Discover team in 2013. He became involved originally because he wanted to pursue a summer activity to put on his future college applications and found Read Write Discover on his high school website. He originally served as a tutor for the Berryessa Branch of the program, before becoming the coordinator of the branch, and is currently one of the program managers that oversees several branches. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Clinical Psychology at UCSD. He has continued to serve this organization out of a passionate for providing a free program for kids that encourages literacy through a fun, educational environment.

Ben Truong

Program Manager

Ben started off as a tutor for RWD at the Noble Library in 2016, became a coordinator at the same library the following year in 2017, and stuck around as an adviser in 2018 before joining the RWD team the same year. He is currently studying art and design at Mission College and is looking to transfer to a university for game art and game design. He does get busy throughout the year, but he always finds time to come back to RWD.

Lisa Le

Outreach Manager

In pursuit of amplifying her passion in education empowerment, Lisa joined the Read Write Discover team in 2017. Along with her extensive experience in mentoring youth as a Head Volunteer of the San Jose Public Library, Lisa’s ambition to tutoring for RWD earned her a nomination to coordinate the program at Seven Trees Branch the following year. Beyond actively serving on Student Council and the California Scholarship Federation as a senior at Summit Tahoma High School in San José, Lisa is the Founding President of Culture Club and President of Volunteer Club on campus. Much of her time outside of school is spent at City Hall and local community organizations where she is dedicated in establishing policies and programs that pivot her advocacy efforts for youth, education, and public health reform. Lisa currently works for Miss CEO as one of 21 national Ambassadors. She is also currently the RWD Outreach Manager for the South Bay, focusing on building relationships with local high schools.