National Center Leadership

Who’s who in our organization.

Brian Gallagher UpdatedBrian Gallagher, M.P.A.
Chief Executive Officer 

As Chief Executive Officer, Brian Gallagher leads the Reach Out and Read network, including more than 6,200 program sites in all 50 states and nearly 30 regional, state, and local affiliates. Gallagher, who has been with Reach Out and Read since 2007, previously served as the organization's Director of National Programs, providing strategic leadership to all aspects of organization's national programmatic activity, including program metrics, medical provider training and professional development, quality assurance and improvement, and special initiatives. He spearheaded national efforts to increase the number of children served and the number of healthcare providers who participate in Reach Out and Read, resulting in a significant increase in organizational capacity from 3,700 programs to more than 5,400. In collaboration with partners nationwide, Gallagher led a strategy to build a strong foundation for numerous new state and regional affiliates to increase capacity to serve even more children living in low-income communities. Gallagher previously worked as a Policy and Program Manager for the Boston Private Industry Council, a workforce development organization with a special focus on designing and implementing school-to-career programs. He holds an M.P.A. from Suffolk University and a B.A. from Hamilton College. 



perriPerri Klass, M.D., F.A.A.P.
National Medical Director

Perri Klass led the National Center from 1993 to 2006, during which time Reach Out and Read grew from a single program into a national network of more than 3,000 program sites. She is a professor of journalism and pediatrics at New York University, where she works in the pediatric clinic at Bellevue Hospital, and where she is currently the Director of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Klass received her M.D. from Harvard University and completed her training in pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, and in pediatric infectious diseases at Boston City Hospital. She received the 2007 American Academy of Pediatrics Education Award for her work with Reach Out and Read, and the 2011 Alvarez Award from the American Medical Writers Association. She writes frequently about children's issues, including the weekly "The Checkup" column for the New York Times.




Nikki Shearman, Ph.D.
Chief of Network Strategy and Evaluation

Nikki Shearman is responsible for guiding a planning process to formulate and implement the Network Unity Strategy. This is designed to unify our organizational strengths and grow and strengthen the Reach Out and Read intervention. She also coordinates the strategy for research and evaluation that demonstrates Reach Out and Read's impact. Shearman brings a combined experience of research, operational strategy and communications to this position, starting with 10 years' experience in medical research in laboratories in the UK, Japan and Germany, and publication of her work in international journals. Subsequently, Shearman has worked within the management of a variety of non-profit organizations in the UK and the US. Shearman earned her Ph.D. in cancer research from the University of Southampton, UK.


Lambrina Kless Lambrina Kless, Ph.D.
Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer of Reach Out and Read, Lambrina Kless leads the national network in developing and refining the systems and processes needed to drive programmatic excellence. Kless brings extensive leadership, program strategy and design experience with national organizations, most recently as Chief Program Officer for theNational Center for Teacher Residencies, and National Director of Learning and Innovation at Teach Plus. Kless completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, and her Ph.D. in Administration and Policy Analysis, with a minor in Quantitative Methods, from Stanford University. 

Contact Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read National Center
89 South St, Suite 201
Boston, MA 02111