Leadership Team

Samee Roberts

Managing Director

Dora La Flora Czifra

Program Systems and Web Manager

Julia & Jared Drake
Wildbound PR


Scott Gelfand

Chief Operations Officer

Steven Tiffin

Outdoor Fair Producer

Festival Team

Julie Coryell

Social Media Coordinator

Haley Kleine

Ticketing & Salesforce Assistant

Lou Ann Koehler

Author Travel Coordinator

Aspire Visual

Graphic Designer


Web Designer

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:

Brooke Warner

Publisher, She Writes Press

George Rehm


Aya de León

Author, Lecturer

Piper Kerman


Aida Salazar

Author, Art Activist

Program Advisers

Jane Ciabattari

Board member and former President, National Book Critics Circle

Michael Holtmann

Center for the Art of Translation

Laurie R. King


Janis Cooke Newman

Author; Founder and Director of Lit Camp, Highbeam Editorial, and Page Street writers co-working space

Karen Phillips

Executive Director, Words Without Borders

Lise Quintana

Publisher, Zoetic Press

Renée Richard

CEO & Executive Director Cinnamongirl, Inc.

Rachel Richardson

Author, Co-director, Left Margin LIT

Founder and Executive Director Emerita (2013-2023)

Cherilyn Parsons