Read Fort Worth Team

Elizabeth Brands

Executive Director

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Elizabeth earned a Master of Education from the University of Notre Dame and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Oklahoma in Educational Administration Curriculum and Supervision. Her doctoral thesis was a study on the structural conditions in school districts that enable or hinder effective teacher assessment and program implementation.

Mrs. Brands brings a wealth of experience from occupying key roles in education, including teacher, funder, and program provider. As a school teacher, Elizabeth learned first-hand the challenges educators face today. As a foundation program officer, she evaluated and funded agencies, and partnered on area-wide systemic improvements. As Executive Director of Reading Partners in Oklahoma, Elizabeth worked on the front-line to help at-risk youth master grade-level reading skills and experienced the challenges faced by agencies trying to make a difference in student education.

Cameron Navarro

Collaborative Action Manager

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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.

Danielle Stenger

Collaborative Action Manager

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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 100×25 initiative. Danielle received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Satoya Williams

External Affairs Manager

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Satoya Williams is the External Affairs Manager for Read Fort Worth. With a deep passion for serving and supporting the Fort Worth community, Satoya’s desire to ensure that Read Fort Worth engages stakeholders and community partners from every facet of our city to support impacting third-grade literacy collectively is a key driver of her work.

With nearly 14 years in public education, 11 with Fort Worth ISD, Ms. Williams brings a breath of experience into the Collective Impact efforts. Having worked in various capacities as a teacher, campus instructional leader, data analyst, and central office administrator with school leadership, Satoya has great insight into the systems and multi-faceted perspectives needed to support student success.

As a community leader, Satoya has been actively engaged in many organizations around the city, including Women’s Policy Forum, The Fort Worth (TX) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, the Junior League of Fort Worth, and Leadership Fort Worth. This engagement has allowed her to not only cultivate various relationships and partnerships with businesses and nonprofits, but they also have provided a viewpoint of the wide array of areas of potential impact throughout our city. Additionally, this community involvement enabled Satoya to enter her first experience with Collective Impact work through the Raising of Fort Worth as the civic sector advocate.

Ms. Williams holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and Accounting and a Master’s of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction both from Sam Houston State University. She is excited to continue her skills, expertise, and experience at Read Fort Worth as we work to positively impact the lives of members of our community, families, and most importantly, our children.

Francisco Aguilar

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

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Francisco Aguilar is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Read Fort Worth. Francisco joined Read Fort Worth as a Social Media Intern in 2018 and transitioned to the Marketing and Communications Coordinator role in July 2019. As an intern, Francisco was instrumental in establishing and building the organization’s social media presence. In his coordinator role, Francisco utilizes his digital marketing and creative skills to support the goals and initiatives of Read Fort Worth. He enjoys making a positive impact in the Fort Worth community.

Prior to Read Fort Worth, Francisco served as a Marketing Intern at Praesidium, Inc. Francisco received his Bachelors in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2017.

Art Garcia

Communications Consultant

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Art Garcia is a Communications/PR 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.