Anel Mercado is the executive director of Read Fort Worth. The organization was formed by Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Scribner, civic leaders and the philanthropic community to coordinate a cross-sector, collective impact effort to ensure that 100 percent of third-graders are reading on grade level by 2025.
Anel has a passion and extensive experience for serving the community in various roles, from mentoring youth and other emerging leaders to engaging key stakeholders at all levels to create avenues for systems change.
No stranger to the dynamic collective impact work, Anel served as the director of Phoenix-based Thriving Together, a multifaceted partnership serving as a catalyst bringing together different sectors of the community and along the educational continuum to strive for better results in education, for every child, youth and young adult from cradle to career. Her experience in business, government and the social sector arms Anel with a unique set of skills and perspective which she employs in her solution-oriented leadership style.
She relocated to Phoenix from Seattle where she served as an educator consultant for the Public Health Department, developing and implementing strategies to reduce health disparities for the Latino community by addressing access to care issues at community and systemic levels. Mercado has served on various community nonprofit boards, commissions and is a long-standing supporter of the national Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington.
Collaborative Action Manager
Cameron Navarro joined the Read Fort Worth team as a Collaborative Action Manager after working at TCU for over 7 years, most recently as an Academic Advisor for the John V. Roach Honors College, supporting students as they pursue their education and professional goals and passions.
Before his work in the Honors College, he worked as the TCU Community Garden Coordinator, helping to manage volunteers, and coordinate with various community partners, including TCU professors, churches, and the Tarrant Area Food Bank. He also worked with the Admissions office at Brite Divinity School where we learned about education administration and helped students navigate the admissions process.
While working at TCU, Cameron completed his Master of Social Work degree at TCU which helped him to further explore his passion of empowering and mobilizing communities and helping others. He is excited to use his professional experience and social work knowledge to organize and facilitate the great work and amazing resources right here in our great city.
He is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Texas, earning his degree in 2018 from TCU and his B.A. in Religion from Southwestern University in 2010. Outside of work, he enjoys bouldering (rock climbing without ropes), mindfulness, hosting pub trivia, and spending time with his partner, Melanie, and pup, Laika.
Collaborative Action Manager
Danielle Stenger joined the Read Fort Worth team from the Fort Worth ISD, where she gained valuable experience as the Community and Strategic Partnerships coordinator.
Danielle began her career serving the Fort Worth community in various roles at Catholic Charities Fort Worth, from serving as a Youth Intervention Specialist for children in CPS custody, engaging stakeholder support for Fort Worth's refugee community, and securing in-kind donations for more than 40 social service programs.
Following her tenure at Catholic Charities, she served as Philanthropic Relations Officer at the Susan G. Komen Headquarters in Dallas, where she assisted in the implementation of the first mid-major gift strategy for Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
Most recently, Danielle has served as the Community and Strategic Partnerships Coordinator for the Fort Worth ISD, where she managed District level strategic partnerships and programs. Danielle is passionate about community engagement and supporting faculty, staff, students and teachers, and looks forward to applying her extensive skills and experience to continuing to support the Fort Worth community through the 100x25 initiative.
Danielle received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Andre’a Bernard joined the Read Fort Worth team from Catholic Charities Fort Worth. She was a coordinator with the Translation and Interpretation Network as a Contract Management Specialist for Interpreters for four years. She also has served as an Executive Assistant and as a program assistant, as well as experience in the medical field which includes home visiting programs.
Andre’a is currently working on completing her B.A. in Business Administration at the University of Concordia – Austin.
Communications and Marketing Consultant
Art Garcia is the Communications and Marketing Consultant for Read Fort Worth. Art brings more than 20 years of communications, public relations and journalism experience to his role. He is an award-winning writer and accomplished public relations professional.
Previously served as Director of Communications for the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Art is currently co-Media Relations Director for the First Responder Bowl and Armed Forces Bowl, which are both operated by ESPN Events. He directed all media relations and communications duties for the NCAA Division I athletic department at the University of Texas at Arlington from 2012-2016.
Art enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a reporter at two major Texas daily newspapers -- San Antonio Express-News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- before becoming the first interactive content manager for the Dallas Mavericks and a columnist at NBA.com.
Art is a San Antonio native and graduate of Texas A&M University. He lives in Arlington with his wife Stacy and their two children.
Social Media Intern