The Office of Letters and Light is overseen by a wise, tireless, and strikingly good-looking Board of Directors.
Eric Doherty. Eric Doherty is an associate at the law firm of Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, and practices in the area of venture capital and matters of general business and corporate law. Eric is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as an articles editor on the editorial board of the Michigan Law Review. Apart from negotiating contracts and drafting partnership agreements, Eric enjoys brewing beer and dreams of completing his first novel about a guitar-playing lawyer.
Elizabeth Gregg. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Elizabeth Gregg worked for a variety of social justice and civic engagement organizations in Tennessee and Washington, D.C. Elizabeth has won NaNoWriMo twice and Script Frenzy once. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys hanging out in her hammock and making candy in her kitchen.
Paul Oh. Paul Oh is a Senior Program Associate at the National Writing Project involved in a number of digital literacy initiatives. Paul is a graduate of Wesleyan University, a former journalist, and a former public school teacher. In his spare time, Paul roots for his hometown team, the Mets, runs around Lake Merritt, and dreams of updating his blog.
Tony Shen. Tony Shen is the Chief Operating Officer for EdTec, a social venture supporting charter schools throughout the U.S. Tony has directed and consulted to a wide range of organizations in the public and private sectors and, prior to EdTec, managed a rural economic development fund. Tony holds an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and a BA from Stanford University. But really, Tony would rather be turning his 2011 NaNoWriMo novel into a rock opera co-starring Carrie Brownstein and Radiohead.
Jason Snell. Jason Snell is the Editorial Director of Macworld. He's written about technology since 1993, and has covered Apple through a decade of failure and a decade of wild success. He is a graduate of UC San Diego (where he was the editor of the UCSD Guardian newspaper) and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism (where he later taught new-media publishing for several years). When at UCSD in the early '90s, he founded the fiction magazine InterText, which was one of the first magazines distributed worldwide by an obscure computer network called "the Internet." He has participated in NaNoWriMo since 2006 and has two and a half unpublished novels to show for it. In his spare time, Jason hosts The Incomparable Podcast, a review of geeky books, movies, TV shows, and comics. He lives in Mill Valley with his wife and two children.
Christopher White. Christopher White is a native of San Francisco. He is father to two voracious readers, ages five and seven, and husband to the fastest connoisseur of detective mysteries west of the Mississippi. Christopher's diverse business interests include entertainment and microfinance. He is the owner of Rickshaw Stop and The Copernicus Fund, both of San Francisco. Happiest when adventuring, Christopher prefers to sleep out under the stars, but also knows which fork to use at the Parador de Santiago de Compostela.
The day-to-day operations of the Office of Letters and Light are handled by a crack team of programmatic, technical, and administrative titans.
Grant Faulkner, Office of Letters and Light Executive Director. As a boy, Grant spent his allowance on all sorts of pens and paper, so there was never much question that he would become a writer. He received his B.A. from Grinnell College in English and his M.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. He has published in such journals as The Southwest Review, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, Gargoyle, and The Berkeley Fiction Review, among others. He’s the founder and editor of the lit journal 100 Word Story and writes essays and book reviews for a number of publications and blogs. He believes quite simply that everyone is a writer—that we create our world through the stories we tell—so he now enthusiastically prods nearly everyone he meets to write a novel or a script and feel how life can be transformed through a daring creative act.
Chris Angotti, Program Director. Chris Angotti received an M.A. in English education from Teachers College at Columbia University, and spent three years teaching middle and high school students in New York City. In addition to developing skills in curriculum, assessment, and differentiation during this time, he realized the potential of creative writing as a tool for adolescent enrichment and achievement. After relocating to the Bay Area, Chris decided to enter the world of education nonprofits. He is most interested in programs and organizationslike OLLthat facilitate student success through creative, non-traditional methods.
Dan Duvall, Tech Manager and Lead Developer. Duvall has been coding web applications and managing IT infrastructure for nearly a decade. He was educated at Silicon Valley College in Network Architecture and Microsoft and Unix Systems, where he continued to work and teach after earning his certifications. Duvall began teaching himself computer languages when he was young and will likely continue until he dies.
Shelby Gibbs, Office Captain. Shelby received her B.A. in English Literature from Mills College in 2012. She has written literary criticism, personal essays, and the occasional poem on the color purple since childhood. Before NaNoWriMo?, she interned at a small publishing house in Berkeley and penned a senior thesis on Virginia Woolf. In her free time, she enjoys grocery shopping (especially the free samples), and further exploring her native Bay Area.
Tim Kim, Editorial Director.The ballad of Tim Kim begins by noting that his name rhymes and is, thus, extremely ballad-suited. Tim studied literature at UCSD, then eventually returned to the Bay Area to intern at the Office of Letters and Light. All that close proximity with the OLL staff rock stars launched Tim into positions with San Francisco magazine, WIRED magazine, and Condé Nast. Then lo, did he hear the call of OLL once again, and jumpeth at the chance to return to that creative Eden. (That was an attempt at making this more ballad-like...total success!). On the side, Tim makes time with Once magazine.
Jezra Lickter, Web Developer. As a jack of all trades, Jezra enjoys reading, writing software in various languages, human locomotion, playing the bagpipes, banjo, and concertina, knitting and crafting, and basically anything semi-productive that will distract him from cleaning up his home.
Sarah Mackey, Community Engagement Manager. Sarah Mackey first participated in NaNoWriMo in 2002 while finishing her Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She started volunteering as a Municipal Liaison in 2003. After finishing her degree, Sarah began working for Edmonton Public Library, and shortly after formed a partnership between her NaNoWriMo region and the public library. In 2009, Sarah went back to school for a diploma in Public Relations from Grant MacEwan University. She is particularly passionate about social media and can usually be found online.
Tavia Stewart-Streit, Deputy Director. Before coming to the Office of Letters and Light, Tavia Stewart worked at the nonprofit 826 Valencia, tutoring children of all agesincluding English as Second Language studentsin creative writing and bookmaking. She has also worked with the nonprofit literary magazine ZYZZYVA, helping keep books, keep organized, and edit the magazine. Additionally, Tavia is a member of the Board of Directors at Watchword Press, where she takes excellent notes, helps produce a bi-annual magazine, and curates multimedia-art fundraisers.