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Board of Directors

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    Erroll McDonald

    Chair

    Erroll McDonald

    Chair

    Erroll McDonald is a Vice President, Executive Editor in the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group of Penguin Random House. Among the authors he has edited and published are: James Baldwin, Romare Bearden, Italo Calvino, Sandra Cisneros, Stanley Crouch, Friedrich Durenmatt, Marjorie Garber, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Michael R. Gordon, Alan Hollinghurst, Simon Johnson, Kazuo Ishiguro, Margo Jefferson, Randall Kennedy, Klaus Kinski, Laila Lalami, Fran Lebowitz, Arthur Levitt, Daniel E. Lieberman, David Malouf, Wangari Matthai, Timothy Mo, Toni Morrison, Kary Mullis, Albert Murray, Bao Nihn, Ngugi wa Thiongo, Juan Carlos Onetti, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Richard Posner, V.S. Pritchett, Manuel Puig, Salman Rushdie, Luc Sante, President Nicolas Sarkozy, Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, Wole Soyinka, Colm Toibin, Robert Farris Thompson, and John Edgar Wideman.

    Erroll McDonald was born in Limon, Costa Rica. He graduated from Yale College summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with Distinction, and membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He was for two years a Fellow in the Department of Comparative Literature of the Yale Graduate School. He holds an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He has been a lecturer at Yale and is an adjunct professor at Columbia. A former trustee of PEN America, he lives in New York City and Goshen, Connecticut.

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    Wendy Gimbel

    Co Vice-Chair

    Wendy Gimbel

    Co Vice-Chair

    Wendy Gimbel, a PhD in English Literature, has written about books for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, Parnassus, Vogue, and Mirabella, among other publications. Gimbel is the author of two books–Edith Wharton: Orphancy and Survival, which is a volume in the Praegar series Landmark Dissertations in Women’s Lives; and Havana Dreams: A Story of Cuba, which examines 20th-century Cuba through the eyes of four generations of women in the same Havana family and was chosen as one of the New York Times Notable Books of 1998.

    For many years, Gimbel served on the New York Public Library’s Council of Conservators. Currently, she serves on the Boards of Parnassus: Poetry in Review and the Cuban Artists Fund, and is former trustee of PEN America.

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    Mary Jo Shen

    Co Vice-Chair

    Mary Jo Shen

    Co Vice-Chair

    Mary Jo Shen’s career has included 10 years as manager of a genetics research laboratory at Harvard University and subsequently at Memorial Sloan-Kettering.  More recently, she has authored Paper Piano, an autobiographical one-woman show, which she performed at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in 2017 and 2018.

    Mary Jo and her husband, Ted, are co-executive directors of The Shen Family Foundation, which supports not-for-profit productions of works by exceptionally gifted and original musical theater composers. Since 2002 the Foundation, through The Ted & Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund, has funded more than 30 productions of works by Stephen Sondheim; 20 commissions of new musicals through Signature Theatre (Arlington, VA) and the Public Theater; and more than 60 other musical theater productions by its select group of innovative composers. The Shens have also originated and endowed the Shen Musical Theater Curriculum at Yale University.

    Mary Jo is on the Advisory Board of the Chase Brock Experience, the Brooklyn-based dance company of choreographer Chase Brock, and she has served as the Co-Chair of the Whitney American Fellows, an art council headed by Barbara Haskell, Senior Curator at the Whitney Museum. During 2012 – 2018, while husband Ted served as the Chair of the Yale University Art Gallery Governing Board, Mary Jo played an active liaison role between Board members, donors, curators and staff.

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    Celia McGee

    Secretary

    Celia McGee

    Secretary

    Celia McGee contributes regularly to The New York Times on books, the arts, and style. She has been publishing columnist for The New York Observer, a media columnist and features writer for the New York Daily News, a books columnist for Town & Country, and an arts editor and contributing writer for New York Magazine. Her writing, including book reviews, publishing reporting and author profiles, has also appeared in The New Yorker, The National Book Review, Bookforum, Wallpaper, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The New Republic, Art in America, ARTnews, and Architectural Digest, among others. She has been a publishing correspondent and book reviewer for National Public Radio.

    A member of The Century Association, she is a former Board member of The National Book Critics Circle. Raised in Montana and the Netherlands, she holds graduate degrees with distinction in American Studies from Yale University and a B.A. with honors from Harvard in American History and Literature. She lives in Manhattan and Connecticut.

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    Shannon Rose Selden

    Treasurer

    Shannon Rose Selden

    Treasurer

    Shannon Rose Selden is a litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she leads the firm’s Asset Management Litigation Practice and is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Private Equity groups. Ms. Selden represents hedge fund and private equity clients as plaintiffs and defendants in complex, high-stakes litigation of all kinds, including securities, contract, corporate governance, fiduciary, financing, and debt restructuring disputes. She is recommended by The Legal 500 US, and has been recognized as a Law360 “MVP” for Asset Management, one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” and a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation, and one of Crain’s “Notable Women in Law.” Ms. Selden is on the Board of the National Center of Law & Economic Justice, and has an active pro bono practice focused on women’s reproductive rights. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Amherst College, and is a graduate of Yale Law School.

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    Gabrielle Bamberger

    Gabrielle Bamberger

    Gabrielle Bamberger heads Gabrielle Bamberger Public Relations, a firm she has run since the late 1960s. She has developed and implemented PR programs and projects for a broad range of clients in the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds, most recently The Glaucoma Foundation, Arts Connection, Helen Keller International, Uniform Law Conference, and the Center for Jewish History.

    She serves on the Board of East End Hospice. Bamberger is a graduate of Oberlin College.

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    David Bruson

    David Bruson

    In his current role as Director, Special Projects at Nickelodeon, David Bruson works alongside on-air programming, brand marketing, business development and ad sales teams to integrate pro-social themes into Nickelodeon content. In addition, he connects Nickelodeon’s roster of on-air talent to philanthropic opportunities, as well as to Nick’s own signature initiatives. He spearheads the network’s corporate giving strategy, and manages key sponsorships with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, GLAAD, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Natural History Museum Los Angeles.

    Before coming to Nickelodeon, David worked with renowned Australian entertainer Barry Humphries over the course of a Tony Award-winning season on Broadway with Dame Edna: The Royal Tour. In his role with Humphries, David acted as manager and collaborator, contributing new material for Dame Edna’s Vanity Fair advice column and as a recurring cast member on the final season of David E. Kelley’s FOX television drama “Ally McBeal.”

    David continues his association with the professional theatre by serving on the American Theatre Wing’s Gala Committee, devising programming and fundraising strategies for the Fall benefit. In addition, he sits on the Wing’s Grants Committee which provides over $100k in grants to theatre companies across the United States.

    Most recently, David was a guest speaker at Clemson University, lecturing on issues and trends in Event Management. He is on the Advisory Council for the Children’s Defense Fund New York, as well as a member of the Rosie’s Theater Kids Corporate Leadership Committee and The Lord’s Taverners in the UK. He is a founding trustee of the American Friends of Foundation il pomo d’oro launching officially in 2019. Apart from being an award-winning baroque musical ensemble, il pomo d’oro is official ambassador of El Sistema Greece, a humanitarian project to provide free musical education to children in Greek refugee camps.

    David studied theatre at the University of South Florida and is a Certified Protocol Officer. He lives in New York City.

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    Maria B. Campbell

    Maria B. Campbell

    Maria B. Campbell is the president of Maria B. Campbell Associates, Inc., a New York and London-based scouting company that identifies books to be translated for foreign markets and for adaptation to film and television. Maria B. Campbell Associates currently scouts adult and children’s books for a distinguished roster of twenty publishers in Asia, Europe, and Latin America, and for Warner Bros.

    In addition, Maria Campbell currently serves as the Co-Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Words Without Borders (WWB), an international magazine promoting the world’s best writing and authors who are not easily accessible to English-speaking readers.

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    Christopher John Farley

    Christopher John Farley

    C.J. Farley’s young adult novel Around Harvard Square won an NAACP Image Award and was named a 2020 Honor Book by the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People. He is also the author of the novels, Game World, My Favorite War, Kingston by Starlight, the upcoming Zero O’Clock and a number of nonfiction books including the national bestseller Aaliyah: More than a Woman, which was adapted into a hit movie for Lifetime television. Farley co-wrote and co-edited the book The Blues (Harper Collins) the companion volume to Martin Scorsese’s PBS documentary series. Farley’s short fiction has been featured in a number of anthologies including The Vintage Book of War Fiction, a survey of the best war stories of the last 100 years, and Kingston Noir, a short story collection that came out in 2012. Farley was a consulting producer for Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, a critically-acclaimed HBO documentary that won a Peabody award. Farley has won numerous awards for his work including honors from the National Association of Black Journalists and the Deadline Club of New York, and his biography Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, and raised in Brockport, New York, Farley is a former music critic and senior editor for Time magazine, a former senior editor for the Wall Street Journal, and a graduate of Harvard University, where he worked as an editor of the Harvard Lampoon. He served as the host and producer of the long-running video series the WSJ Cafe, which featured such guests as Aretha Franklin, John Legend, Adele and Ed Sheeran. He has interviewed many of the greatest musicians in history including Bob Dylan, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Ariana Grande, Prince, Sade, Kanye West, Taylor Swift and more. Farley’s 1999 interview with Lauryn Hill was the first time a rapper was featured on the cover of Time magazine. Farley is currently an executive editor for Amazon Inc.’s Audible.

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    Danielle Ganek

    Danielle Ganek

    Danielle Ganek is an author whose novels (​Lulu Meets God And Doubts Him, The Summer We Read Gatsby​) have been translated into multiple languages. In 2007 she was featured in the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers program. She and her husband, David, live in New York with their three children and three dogs. Together they run the Ganek Family Foundation and have been actively involved in New York institutions such as New York Presbyterian Hospital, the New York Public Library, the Guggenheim Museum as well as their children’s schools.

    Danielle sits on the Visiting Committee for the Metropolitan Museum Department of Photographs and the Women’s Board of the Boys Club of New York and serves as Vice President on the Board of Trustees of the Southampton Fresh Air Home, a camp for physically challenged children. She is also on the board of the House of SpeakEasy NYC. She received a BA in English from Franklin and Marshall College. She is currently working on her next novel.

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    Nan Graham

    Nan Graham

    Nan Graham is Publisher and Senior Vice President of Scribner. She has worked in publishing since 1980—for five years at Pantheon Books and for ten years at Viking Penguin where she was the Executive Editor. Since 1994, she has been at Scribner, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. Nan has edited writers of fiction, memoir, sociology, history and psychology—and many of their books have won National Book Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, and other major awards. She has worked on many memoirs, including Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club, Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes, Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle, Alexandra Styron’s Reading My Father, and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Living History. Other non-fiction includes Andrew Solomon’s National Book Award winner, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression and Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Pulitzer Prize winner, The Emperor of All Maladies: a Biography of Cancer. She has published Don Delillo for over twenty years, and brought him to Scribner with his 1997 novel Underworld. She has developed long-time relationships with acclaimed authors such as Annie Proulx, Amy Hempel, Ann Beattie, Kate Walbert, and Colm Toibin, and introduced new writers such as Monica Ali, Dana Spiotta, Anthony Doerr, Rachel Kushner, Belinda McKeon, and Miranda July. She has worked with Stephen King for fifteen years.

    She received her B.A. in English from Yale University in 1977 and an honorary doctorate from Marymount Manhattan College in 1997. Nan is on the Board of the International Freedom to Publish Committee, where she served as Chair from 1998 through 2004, and is on the Board of the New School Writing Program. She and the novelist Mark Costello have two children.

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    Chiwoniso Kaitano

    Chiwoniso Kaitano

    Chiwoniso Kaitano is a reader, writer, and lover of storytelling in all its forms.

    Currently, Chi is Executive Director of Girl Be Heard, a global NGO that advocates for social change through performing arts and storytelling. Previously, Chi served as Executive Director of Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, a 30 year old Brooklyn-based arts and culture organization. Chiwoniso has long been involved in the arts scene including founding the long-standing literary series TheSALON, and co-founding Africa Redux a platform that promotes the art, culture and music of Africa. As a writer, Chiwoniso’s work has appeared in The Guardian, Africa is a Country, Warscapes magazine, and elsewhere.

    Chiwoniso holds a law degree from the London School of Economics and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs. Chi also serves on the Board of Directors of two New York City-based nonprofits, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance.

    Originally from Zimbabwe, Chi lives in Brooklyn with her family. Connect with Chi on Twitter @chiwonisok or Instagram @chiwoniso.

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    Dennis C. Krieger

    Dennis C. Krieger

    Dennis is a partner at Katsky Korins LLP, where he has practiced matrimonial and family law for more than twenty years following a period as a securities and commercial litigator at a large New York law firm. He has had a lifetime of involvement in literature. During college and law school at Berkeley, Dennis was a Teaching Assistant in various literature courses.  Later, he was the co-author of Skiing the Best, a Guide to Skiing in North America (Vintage) which became a best-seller and was a main Book of the Month selection (Quality Book Club).  Dennis is an avid reader of Graham Greene as well as British fiction between-the wars generally. He recently led a highly popular Center for Fiction Reading Group entitled “Graham Greene: Belief and Doubt,” which began as a live event and ended as a virtual one. He will teach another Reading Group this fall. A Proustian, Dennis has spent the last decade participating in the Center’s intensive Proust Groups as well as in the study of Proust at other institutions. Dennis is married to Alice Viertel, daughter of the late novelist and playwright Joseph Viertel.

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    Sarah Lyall

    Sarah Lyall

    Sarah Lyall is a writer-at-large at the New York Times, covering a variety of desks, including sports, politics, culture, media, and international. Previously, Ms. Lyall was a reporter in the London bureau of the New York Times, starting in 1995. Before working as a London-based reporter for the paper, Ms. Lyall covered book publishing for the culture section from 1991 until 1994. She was a reporter for the metro desk from 1988 until 1991, covering general news and other beats, including night rewrite, the N.Y.P.D., Long Island, and Albany. Ms. Lyall has also written for various magazines, including Vogue and Vanity Fair. She received her B.A. in history from Yale University. Ms. Lyall has two children and lives in Brooklyn.

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    Kate Medina

    Kate Medina

    Kate Medina is Executive Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Executive Editorial Director of Random House. Ms. Medina has worked with many acclaimed authors, including Katherine Boo, Amy Bloom, Tom Brokow, Emma Cline, E.L. Doctorow, Tracy Kidder, Jon Meacham, Anna Quindlen, Gloria Steinem, Isabel Wilkerson.

    After the death of E.L. Doctorow in 2015, Kate said the following in an interview when asked about her favorite of his works.

    “I guess my personal favorite is The March and also some of his short stories, including a story in All the Time in the World called ‘All the Time in the World.’ This story rearranges your mind about so-called reality, the reality we create, which this story stands on its head, and right from the first paragraph. His first paragraphs in general are to me remarkable. “All the Time in the World” is a story that could have been written by a young modern writer, but then, the language, that first paragraph— it has to be a work of a great and mature artist. I think Ragtime, The Book of Daniel, Billy Bathgate, and The March will endure, and The Waterworks could surprise us.”

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    Calvert D. Morgan, Jr.

    Calvert D. Morgan, Jr.

    Calvert Morgan is Vice President and Executive Editor at Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. His bestselling and award-winning projects have included Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins, Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Small Backs of Children, Edward Carey’s Little, Elizabeth Tallent’s Mendocino Fire, and Lauren Redniss’s Radioactive. His other authors include Akwaeke Emezi, Kate Zambreno, Blake Butler, Brandon Taylor, Tom Piazza, Amber Tamblyn, Stanley Crouch, and Jerry Saltz.

    A graduate of Yale University, Cal previously worked at St. Martin’s Press and HarperCollins Publishers, where he was Executive Editor and Editorial Director of Harper Perennial. Cal was the founder and editor of the fiction blog Fifty-Two Stories, where he published new fiction by Amity Gaige, Amelia Gray, Ben Greenman, Lindsay Hunter, Catherine Lacey, Emma Straub, and others, and edited the digital anthology Forty Stories, featuring new work by Roxane Gay, Mitchell S. Jackson,  Jamie Quatro, Jess Walter, and more.

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    Zibby Owens

    Zibby Owens

    Zibby Owens is the creator and host of award-winning podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books, one of Oprah.com’s favorite book podcasts two years in a row. The CEO and founder of Moms Don’t Have Time To, Zibby has formed a media company that includes multiple podcasts, publications like Moms Don’t Have Time to Write, and other communities designed to help moms. She is the CEO, Reader-in-Chief, and Co-Founder with Leigh Newman of Zibby Books, a publishing home for fiction and memoir. She is the editor of award-winning anthology Moms Don’t Have Time To: A Quarantine Anthology, the upcoming anthology Moms Don’t Have Time to Have Kids, the upcoming children’s book Princess Charming, and an upcoming memoir. She is a regular contributor to Good Morning America online and also writes for the Washington Post, Parents, Slate, and Medium, where she is a top writer. Zibby regularly recommends books on TV and has been featured on CBS This Morning and Good Morning America. Named “NYC’s Most Powerful Book-fluencer” by New York magazine’s Vulture, Zibby currently lives in New York with her husband and four children. She always has a book nearby.

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    Susanna Porter

    Susanna Porter

    Susanna Porter is Vice President and Executive Editor in the Random House Publishing Group division of Penguin Random House. Among the bestselling and award-winning books she has acquired and published are novels such as The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, Ill Will by Dan Chaon, Loving Frank by Nancy Horan, and nonfiction works such as The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts, winner of the PEN Award for research nonfiction, Romantic Outlaws by Charlotte Gordon, winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award, Untangled, winner of a Books for a Better Life Award, Citizens of London and Last Hope Island by Lynne Olson and A World On Fire by Amanda Foreman. She has also worked with Alison Weir, Arundhati Roy, John Burnham Schwartz, Nicholson Baker, Sarah Dunant, A.S. Byatt, Anne Perry and John Gribbin.

    After receiving a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania, she joined Random House in 1978 in the subsidiary rights department. Spending five years in London in the 1980s she worked for Chatto & Windus and then Hamish Hamilton as rights director. Returning to New York in 1989 she joined Bantam Books as a senior editor, and rejoined Random House as a senior editor in 1991. She now primarily acquires for Ballantine Books. Susanna and her husband James Clark have two children and live in Manhattan.

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    Susan Restler

    Susan Restler

    Susan Restler is a longtime resident of Brooklyn Heights. Her first career was with JP Morgan where she led strategy and marketing for the private bank. In 2003 she co-founded Knowledge in the Public Interest, a facilitator of online collaboration. The company developed a model of collaborative online professional development for teaching faculty that was acquired in 2018. Susan chaired the board of Packer Collegiate Institute during the conversion of the St. Ann’s church into the Packer Middle School. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University and an MBA from Columbia University. Susan and her husband Peter have two children.

    Her husband, Peter G. Restler, is the Founding Partner and Senior Advisor at CAI Capital Partners, where he also served as Chairman and Managing Partner. He was previously Special Advisor to Inland Natural Gas and Senior Vice President at Shearson Lehman Brothers, where he was responsible for its Canadian operations. Their son, Lincoln Restler, is running for Brooklyn District 33 Councilman.

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    Laura Washington

    Laura Washington

    Laura Washington is a nonprofit executive with more than 15 years of experience driving organizations toward greater visibility and impact.

    In 2015, she established the first-ever communications function for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the largest funder of the arts and humanities in the US. Washington developed and implemented a 21st-century communications strategy for this legacy foundation, helping to make it an increasingly outward-facing enterprise, and ensuring that Mellon remains a valued voice in and beyond the philanthropic world.  She curates internal and external events such as public programs related to the Our Compelling Interests book series and the symposium celebrating the institution’s 50th anniversary for which she commissioned a new performance work by Anna Deavere Smith, a short film by Stanley Nelson, and the first written history of the institution. In addition, Washington is the point person around crisis communications and institutional change for the foundation.

    Prior to joining Mellon, Washington served as Vice President at the New-York Historical Society. During her 10 years there, she coached and managed a team responsible for audience development, community engagement, government and media relations, digital strategy, and advertising. She led strategic communications efforts that contributed to a 400 percent increase in museum attendance. Throughout her tenure, she regularly represented the institution during fundraising meetings; was instrumental to the successful realization of a $100 million capital campaign that raised $21 million from the city, $10 million from the state, as well as from corporate and individual donors; wrote articles that generated unsolicited six-figure donations; and was asked to lead the development department by chairman of the board during a period of transition. Washington was also involved in increasing earned revenue having started a group tourism program that brought in more than 75,000 visitors in its first year. She also co-founded the Frederick Douglass Council, a paid membership level offering support for programming, exhibitions, and collections that enrich and advance the knowledge and documentation of African Americans and the African Diaspora in American History.

    Washington had a fifteen-year-long journalism career as an editor and reporter for a variety of publications, including Consumer Reports, SmartMoney, Redbook, Money, Black Enterprise, Fortune Small Business, and appeared regularly as a guest on television and radio programs. Her professional awards include an ACE Award and nomination for a National Magazine Award. She holds a BA in history from Vassar College and an MS in Strategic Communications from Columbia University. Washington has served on the Historic Huguenot Street Board of Trustees since 2017, where she is a member of the strategic planning committee, is on WNET’s Programming Committee and has been on its Community Advisory Board since 2009.

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    Elizabeth (Betsy) Hawes Weinstock

    Elizabeth (Betsy) Hawes Weinstock

    Betsy Hawes Weinstock is an American writer of biography, journalism, and creative nonfiction. Her first book New York New York: How the Apartment House Transformed the Life of the City (Knopf, 1993) was nominated for a Pulitzer and named a New York Times Book of the Year. The review in The New Yorker called it “an astute and enchanting study of urbanization.” Her biography-memoir Camus, A Romance (Grove Press, 2009) chronicles the life of Nobel Prize-winning French-Algerian writer Albert Camus, along with her own experience trying to follow in his footsteps. It was the subject of both a Center for Fiction event and a joint PEN/Center for Transformative Lives event at New York University.

    Betsy is a former member of the editorial staff at The New Yorker and has written numerous articles for the magazine. She has also contributed essays and reviews to The New York Times Magazine and Book Review, The Nation, Vogue, Gourmet, Mirabella, and The Martha’s Vineyard Magazine. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. She is married to Davis Weinstock, Chairman Emeritus of Mercury Clark & Weinstock. They have three children and live in New York City and on Martha’s Vineyard.

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    Dennis Williams

    Dennis Williams

    Dennis Williams is Senior Vice President​, ​Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Corporate Relations for Home Box Office, Inc., responsible for the company’s social impact initiatives and philanthropic strategies. A 20-year HBO veteran, Williams joined the company in November 1997 in Human Resources as an employment recruiter and later worked in Affiliate Sales and Affiliate Marketing.

    Williams is an advocate for equality in education and LGBT rights and serves on the board for The Fund for Public Schools, Horizons National, and New York’s LGBTQ Community Center. A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Williams holds a B.A. in English from Hamline University.

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    Jacqueline Woodson

    Jacqueline Woodson

    Jacqueline Woodson is the recipient of a 2020 MacArthur Fellowship, the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award, the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award, and she was the 2018–2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, won the National Book Award, as well as the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, and the NAACP Image Award. She also wrote the adult books Red at the Bone, a New York Times bestseller, and Another Brooklyn, a 2016 National Book Award finalist. Her dozens of books for young readers include Before the Ever After, New York Times bestsellers The Day You Begin and Harbor Me, Newbery Honor winners Feathers, Show Way, and After Tupac and D Foster, and the picture book Each Kindness, which won the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award.

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