Meet Read Lead

Cassandra Chase

Cassandra Chase, Co-Founder, is a business owner and social entrepreneur. She is the owner and managing director of Chase Consulting Group, a boutique business consulting firm based in Los Angeles. The team provides strategic management, business development and new media marketing consulting services. An advocate for education, leadership and entrepreneurship, she is the co-founder of Read Lead, a nonprofit organization that provides summer literacy enrichment and leadership development to children K-12 through the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® program.



Joy Masha

Joy Masha, Co-Founder, is the Education Deputy for California State Senator Holly J. Mitchell in the 30th Senate District. She has 10 years of experience in out-of-school time education and leadership. She is a graduate of California State University Dominguez Hills with a Bachelor in Human Services and holds a Masters in Higher Education from California State University Fullerton. She currently serves on the Compton Community College District Trustee Advisory Committee representing the City of Paramount and a mentor with EmpowHer at Environmental Charter Middle School. Joy is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and serves as a curriculum trainer for the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program.

Freedom School and Volunteers

Each summer, we welcome more than 100 interns and summer employees in our CDF Freedom Schools program. These young adults gain meaningful employment, job training and an unforgettable experience working with youth in their community. Our Freedom Schools program could not exist without these important people.

We also work with hundreds of volunteers who help us deliver these much-needed programs.

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