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Our Community

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At Sparks Within Reach, our team is family. We understand the importance of dedication and collaboration, and our commitment is to always be there for our students.
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Rukaiya Sharmi
Co-Founder & CEO

George Li
Co-Founder & COO

Anna Pacheco
Co-Founder & Programs

Nicola Manfredi
Co-Founder & Research

Ziqi Guo
Co-Founder & Curriculum

Mark Shafran
Co-Founder & Finance

Executive Team

In 2021, these high school friends from NYC reunited to bring equitable education to students experiencing homelessness.

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Programs Division

Tutor Recruitment Team

The tutoring team teaches students ...

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Vinkie Huang

Coordinator

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Jeffrey Tao

Ambassador

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Maya Radwan

BUILD Coordinator

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Nusheen Ghaemi

BUILD Support

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Ava Levine

Advocacy

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Angela Chan

Ambassador

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Maya Radwan

BUILD Coordinator

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Nusheen Ghaemi

BUILD Support

Programs Division

Research Division

The Research Division is dedicated to investigating effective educational interventions and qualitative designs to elevate the students’ learning experience. The division explores executive functioning, expanding trauma-informed teaching and analyzing research data to solve problems, explore issues and predict trends.

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Alexis Kim

Intern

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Jingyi Xie

Intern

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Benjamin Lo

Manager

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Lina Eomn

Intern

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Ishmat Hoque

Intern

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Justin Zhang

Matthew Kessler

Rajon Das

Intern

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Programs Division

Marketing Team

The tutoring team teaches students ...

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Alexis Kim

Intern

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Jingyi Xie

Intern

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Benjamin Lo

Manager

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Lina Eomn

Intern

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Ishmat Hoque

Intern

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Justin Zhang

Matthew Kessler

Rajon Das

Intern

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Programs Division

Tutoring Team

The tutoring team teaches students ...

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Alexis Kim

Intern

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Jingyi Xie

Intern

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Benjamin Lo

Manager

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Lina Eomn

Intern

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Ishmat Hoque

Intern

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Justin Zhang

Matthew Kessler

Rajon Das

Intern

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Our Commitment to Students

Consistency

Engaging Curriculum

Support

Energy