Leadership Team

Cherilyn Parsons

Founder and Executive Director

Samee Roberts

Managing Director

Mariko Conner

Project Manager

Dora La Flora Czifra

Program Systems & Web Manager

Julia & Jared Drake
Wildbound PR

Publicist

Scott Gelfand

Chief Operations Officer

Lisa Heyse

International Program Director

Kisky Holwerda

Director of Literary Initiatives

Suzanne Rivecca

Festival Writer & Development Manager

Steven Tiffin

Outdoor Fair Producer

Sabrina Werts

Internship Director, Community Liaison, and Creative Associate

Mina Witteman

Program Coordinator –
Children & Young Adult

Festival Team

Aspire Visual

Graphic Designer

Pia Cortez

Social Media Coordinator

David Gelfand

Video Production & Editing

Michael Hitchner

Photography Manager

Daron Sharps

Voting Rights Team Leader

Shawn Walker-Smith

Ticketing & Database Support

WebCherry

Web Designer

Program Steering Committee

Jane Ciabattari

Board member and former President, National Book Critics Circle

Aya de Leon

Author, activist, and teacher

Ismail Muhammad

Writer, Critic

Ethan Nosowsky

Editorial Director, Graywolf Press

Peter Richardson

Author, Professor at San Francisco State University

Matt Silady

Chair, Graduate Comics Program
California College of the Arts

Stephen Sparks

Pt. Reyes Books

Brooke Warner

Publisher, SheWrites Press

Program Advisers

Michael Berry

Writer and Reviewer

Cara Black

Author

Randal Brandt

Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley

Michael Holtmann

Center for the Art of Translation

Laurie R. King

Author

Renée Richard

CEO & Executive Director Cinnamongirl, Inc.

Rachel Richardson

Author, Co-director, Left Margin LIT

Steve Wasserman

Publisher & Executive Director, Heyday Books

Board of Directors

The Bay Area Book Festival is the primary project of the Foundation for the Future of Literature and Literacy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in California. FFLL’s Tax ID number is 47-3955286. FFLL is governed by a Board of Directors:

Cherilyn Parsons

Founder and Executive Director

Brooke Warner

Publisher, SheWrites Press

Mal Warwick

Author, book reviewer, entrepreneur

Igor Zagatsky

The Urban School

George Rehm

Investor

Peter Richardson

Lecturer, School of Humanities and Liberal Studies Coordinator, American Studies and California Studies, San Francisco State University

Lise Quintana

Editor, Zoetic Press