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Orose appointed executive director of Words Alive

March 11, 2020

Rachael OroseRachael Silbar-Voorhees Orose ’09 MPA has been named the executive director of Words Alive, a children’s literacy nonprofit in San Diego.

In her new position, Orose will help Words Alive fulfill its mission to expand opportunities for reading among at-risk populations, while also expanding the community of supporters and volunteers involved with their programming. Founded in 1999, Words Alive has developed both adolescent book groups with curricula targeted for at-risk teens and helped preschoolers from low-income households develop stronger literary skills. The organization serves more than 5,500 students every month and has expanded programs into 215 classrooms, and recently launched a scholarship program to help teens pursue higher education.

Before joining Words Alive, Orose was the vice president of network and business development for the Molina Foundation and a manager for corporate strategy at the American Red Cross. Altogether, Orose has more than two decades of experience as a leader within the nonprofit sector. She also volunteers for Clubfoot CARES and is a board member of the San Diego Council on Literacy. 

You can read more about Orose’s new position in this press release


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