Director of Technology & Special Projects
Meredith Andrews began working at the Foundation over 25 years ago, starting as an intern. She has led the creation, expansion, and maintenance of its website since it launched in 1997 and is also currently responsible for the planning and execution of all IT operations, support, and maintenance and development of new technical solutions. She founded an independent web design and development firm in 2009, Applewood Creative LLC. Meredith holds a BA in English (with a writing concentration) and minors in Fine Arts and Journalism from Marist College.
Ruth Dickey has spent over 25 years working at the intersection of community building, writing, and art. Since 2013, she served as Executive Director of Seattle Arts & Lectures, which brings the best writers and thinkers to Seattle stages and classrooms. A builder and believer in big dreams, Ruth has had the pleasure of leading organizations in Washington, DC; New Orleans, LA; Cincinnati, OH; and Seattle, WA to dramatically expand their community impact. Ruth holds an MFA in poetry from UNC-Greensboro, and a BS in Foreign Service and an MA in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. She was a 2017 fellow with the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program, and served as a judge in Fiction for the 2019 National Book Awards. (Photo credit: Libby Lewis)
Director of Programs & Partnerships
Before joining the National Book Foundation, Natalie was the Manager of Los Angeles Programs at PEN America. She holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from UCLA, is a Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends committee member, and was Associate Fiction Editor at Slice Magazine.
ERIKA HATTORI BERGER
Prior to joining the National Book Foundation, Erika worked in marketing for the Children’s Book Council. She has also held positions at Dotdash Meredith and the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association. She holds a BA in English from St. Joseph’s University and an MS in Publishing from Pace University.
Before joining the National Book Foundation, Emily worked as the Artistic and Development Liaison at the Orchard Project and as a freelance dramaturg. She has held positions at Second Stage Theater, Court Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and The University of Chicago Press. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and Music from the University of Chicago.
JULIANNA LEE MARINO
Education Programs Manager
Prior to joining the National Book Foundation, Julianna worked with 826NYC as a Programs Coordinator. She has worked in the NYC arts and culture landscape for many years, including with organizations such as Friends of Marcy Houses, the Brooklyn Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History. Julianna holds a B.A. of Anthropology from Brown University.
Maxwell Neely-Cohen’s work has spanned theater, video games, music, film, dance, and literature. He is the author of the novel Echo of the Boom and the Publisher of The HTML Review. His nonfiction has been featured in places like The New Republic, Ssense, and BOMB Magazine. He has been an artist-in-residence at Pioneer Works and CultureHub.
Before joining the National Book Foundation, Megan Reynolds served as the Development Coordinator at Jewish Book Council. Megan holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Oregon and BA in English with minors in Creative Writing and Spanish from Trinity University.
Communications and Marketing Manager
Before joining the National Book Foundation, Ale Romero served as the Associate Director for Marketing and Communications at Junior Achievement of New York. She has worked with organizations such as Girls Who Code and Glasswing International. Ale holds an MA in International Relations from the Barcelona Institute for International Studies in Barcelona, Spain and a BS in Business Management and Political Science with a minor in Women’s Studies from Stony Brook University.
Awards and Honors Manager
Prior to joining the National Book Foundation, Madeleine served as the Systems & Operations Manager for the Friends of Governors Island. She was previously the Program Manager for Amber Innovations and holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics with a minor in French & Francophone Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jordan Smith joined the Foundation in 2016 as Director of Education, and was promoted to Deputy Director in 2019. Jordan joined the Foundation after five years at Museum of the Moving Image, where she held the title of Director of Education. In addition to her work at MoMI, she has worked as an educator and administrator at museums and arts organizations across New York City including the American Folk Art Museum, Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art, and Tribeca Film Institute. She holds a BA from Smith College and an MA from New York University.
Director of Development
Meg Tansey has more than 20 years of experience building development operations for nonprofit organizations and political campaigns. Prior to joining the National Book Foundation she spent almost six years as the Development Lead for The Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn. She was previously Director of Major and Institutional Giving at City Harvest, and has worked with national institutions including StoryCorps and the community development organization LISC. Meg holds a BA in Political Science from Boston University and an MFA in Fiction from The New School.
John Vincler has worked as a rare book and special collections librarian for more than a decade, most recently at the Morgan Library & Museum. He is an adjunct professor in the graduate program of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s iSchool. As a writer and critic, he has written for Frieze, The Poetry Foundation and elsewhere. He has authored a column for The Paris Review online and is a regular contributing art critic for The New York Times. He lives in Brooklyn.