Read To Me project names Julia Foster as new Executive Director


The Read to Me Project, a nonprofit organization that helps under-served children achieve kindergarten readiness, announces Julia Foster as its new executive director.

Out of a field of highly qualified applicants, Julia Foster became the top candidate with significant breadth and depth of nonprofit and leadership experience. Foster will take the helm on Monday, June 6th. Board Chair Jen Ortega Uribe says, “In addition to her leadership experience, Ms. Foster impressed the executive search committee during the interview process with her forward- thinking responses, strategic logic, and enthusiasm for Read to Me Project’s vision: ‘Every child enters kindergarten ready to succeed.’  We look forward to working with Julia to expand and deepen Read to Me Project’s literacy impacts on under-served children and their families.”


Julia Foster

Julia Foster brings over a decade of experience working in nonprofit organizations around Monterey County. She deeply believes in the power of literacy and the lifelong opportunities that it brings. Most recently, Julia was the Executive Director for the Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries. As a self-proclaimed “people person”, Julia is passionate about connecting with those around her and building relationships. She holds a BA in Translation and Interpretation from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a MA in International Public Policies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. In her free time, Julia enjoys reading with her kids, hiking, and wine tasting.

About Read to Me Project – Read to Me Project is a prevention-based program that addresses the alarming issue of low-literacy in Monterey County. Seven out ten children start kindergarten as much as two years behind in cognitive, vocabulary and language skills – most never catch up. RtMP’s impacts emerging student readers, little ones (ages 0 to 5 years) and their parents in rich and nurturing ways by building student reading confidence, sibling bonds, kindergarten readiness, and disrupting the generational cycle of low literacy among Monterey County’s underserved families. The Read to Me Project has the capacity to change lives by bringing books and literacy into homes and by helping children achieve their full potential through a lifetime of literacy and equitable opportunity.

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