Kristen Rocha Aldrich is Reach Out and Read of Greater New York’s Program Director, where she is responsible for their literacy programming at 232 hospitals and clinics in the five boroughs, Long Island, and the Greater Hudson Valley. Prior to joining ROR GNY, she was the Associate Program Director of Too Small to Fail at the Clinton Foundation, where she partnered with cities across the country to bring early brain and language development action and awareness campaigns to their communities. While there, she doubled the number of participating communities from 14 to 28 and launched their first-ever statewide campaigns in two states — Michigan and New York. Additionally, in 2015, she founded the early childhood education department at the New York Public Library, where she worked for over 5 years. She is also active in the leadership of the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC), and serves as the co-chair of their Quicklists Consulting committee. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology and a MA in Cultural Anthropology with a concentration in Education, both from the University of Pennsylvania.
Kristen’s favorite children’s book as a child was Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore. Her current favorite children’s book is Dreamers by Yuyi Morales.