Sanam Jorjani, Rogers Family Foundation

TITLE: Program Manager, Oakland Reads 2020

FOCUS AREAS: Literacy by third grade

CONTACT:  510-899-7918, sjorjani@rogersfoundation.org

PROFILE: Sanam Jorjani has been the program manager of Oakland Reads 2020 at the Rogers Family Foundation since June 2012. She serves on the board of directors for Community Alliance for Learning and previously worked for Gender Spectrum, Moving Forward Education, and the Teachers College at Columbia University.

She shares the following information about her current role on her LinkedIn profile:

Provide vision, oversight, leadership and direction for the Oakland Reads 2020 initiative. Design, develop and implement the strategic and organizational framework and manage day-to-day operations and projects. Present and promote Oakland Reads 2020 campaign including design and administration of community campaigns and events. Cultivate cross-sector partnerships supporting early literacy. 

Support strategic development and implementation of the Oakland Literacy Coalition, including the development of networking, capacity building and peer & continuous learning opportunities for our network of over 40 organizations supporting early literacy in Oakland.

Oakland Reads 2020 (OR2020) is a citywide initiative focused on one of the most important predictors of school success and high school graduation: grade-level reading by the end of third grade. OR2020 is a multi-sector, collaborative effort combining the strength of the Oakland Unified School District, city and county agencies, community-based organizations, and funders all committed to the progress and success of early learners. Our goal: 85% of third graders reading at grade-level by 2020.

Jorjani’s foundation bio shares:

My favorite childhood book that I read over (and over and over and over) was: Swimmy by Leo Lionni andThe Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein but my favorite children’s story today is Haroun and the Sea of Stories.

My hope for Oakland students is: That they imagine, explore, and create — and by doing so become agents of change.

Sanam joined Rogers Family Foundation in 2012. As a Program Manager, Sanam leads the Oakland Reads 2020campaign, a citywide early learning effort focused on dramatically improving third grade reading outcomes for Oakland students. Before coming to the Foundation, Sanam coordinated international projects and partnerships for the Office of International Affairs at Teachers College at Columbia University, where she completed her Masters in International Educational Development. She received her BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Sanam serves on the Executive Board of the WriterCoach Connection Program and is a long-time volunteer with the Albany YMCA Youth & Government Program. Sanam grew up in the East Bay by way of Iran and lives in Oakland.