Jan 3, 2022
Danielle Guindo and Kimberly Pennington
This week Ivy Slater, host of Her Success Story, chats
with her guests, Danielle Guindo and Kimberly Pennington.
The three of them talk about
how Read Alliance has been
accelerating the academic trajectory of early elementary students
through the power of teen leaders for the last 21 years and how
they work together to make programming happen
In this episode, we discuss:
Danielle Guindo is the Executive Director of Read Alliance, an organization with a 20+ year history of effectively improving the literacy skills of striving early readers by pairing them one-on-one with paid teen leaders trained to implement a leveled phonics-based curriculum. Read Alliance partners with NYC public schools in under-resourced communities, and through a community empowerment model recruits and employs young people who live or attend high school in the same neighborhoods as individual reading tutors and role models.
Before joining Read Alliance as its Executive Director in July 2018, Danielle served as Chief Program Officer at YWCA Brooklyn, where she led the expansion of programs serving young women of color in the borough in college access, leadership development, and economic empowerment. Prior to YWCA Brooklyn, Ms. Guindo was Vice President for Programs and Policy at The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. where she was responsible for expanding and implementing youth programs and education initiatives across the five boroughs including: robust after school programming for elementary schoolchildren and community school partnerships; teen pregnancy prevention and young men’s initiatives in middle and high schools; and collaborating with multiple partners to advocate for programs and policies that promote equity in education.
Ms. Guindo has been published and presented on topics ranging from effective family engagement, implementing and measuring social and emotional learning in youth programming, elements of high quality early education for multilingual learners, best practices in youth development, and effective K-12 non-profit/school partnerships. Danielle is a member of the Education Trust NY Advisory Council, and is the daughter of NYC public school educators.
Kimberly Pennington is the Business Development Officer for Key Merchant Services covering the Hudson Valley/Metro New York Region at KeyBank. At Key, Kimberly focuses on helping mid-size to small businesses in the $0-25MM space with merchant processing solutions. Kimberly also serves as President of the Key Young Professionals and sits on the Key4Women Committee which supports the financial progress and empowerment of businesswomen.
As a civic leader, Kimberly is heavily involved in the community. She sits on the Board of Directors for various nonprofits including READ Alliance, Girls Inc. of Westchester County, and the United Way of Dutchess-Orange Region. Kimberly also volunteers with ArtsWestchester, Center for Prevention against Child Abuse, New York City Parks Foundation, and the Women’s Leadership Alliance.
Kimberly holds a bachelor’s
degree in marketing and communications from Berkeley College in
addition to various program certificates from Cornell University’s
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. Kimberly is
also part of the Business Council of Westchester’s Rising Star
Class of 2021 and Leadership Dutchess Class of