Director of Technology
Meredith Andrews began working at the Foundation over 20 years ago, starting out as an intern. She has been responsible for the creation, expansion, and maintenance of its website since it launched in 1997. After years of working on friends’ websites, she founded an independent web-design and development firm in 2009, Applewood Creative LLC. Find her on Twitter at @meredithandrews.
Awards and Relationships Manager
Before joining the National Book Foundation, Anna Dobben was a publicist at Alfred A. Knopf. There she worked on campaigns for a dozen New York Times bestselling authors including David Lagercrantz, Joan Didion, and Dave Eggers. She has also worked in publicity at Basic Books. Anna is a graduate of Emory University and an eight-time NCAA All-America swimmer. Find her on Twitter @annadobben.
Public Programs Manager
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 where she managed Westwind, UCLA’s Journal of the Arts, and wrote and edited for The Daily Bruin.
Before joining the National Book Foundation as Deputy Director, Beth was the Assistant Executive Director for Development & External Relations at the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Prior to that, she worked at the Academy of American Poets, most recently as Interim Executive Director, and as Development Specialist for Literary Publishing at the Community of Literary Magazines & Presses. She began her career in publishing, having worked for Princeton Architectural Press, Oxford University Press, and The Quarterly. Beth is the founding editor of the literary magazine Spinning Jenny. Find her on Twitter at @bethharrisonnyc.
Senior Manager, Communications and Marketing
Mark Lee comes to the nonprofit world with a background in book publishing. He served in publicity and marketing roles at both Knopf and Doubleday, where he worked on campaigns for multiple New York Times bestselling authors including National Book Award Finalist Hanya Yanagihara and National Book Award Winner Colson Whitehead. He is a graduate of Fordham University, and you can find him on Twitter at @meesterleesir.
Lisa Lucas is the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the Publisher of Guernica, a non-profit online magazine focusing on writing that explores the intersection of art and politics with an international and diverse focus. Prior to that, she served as Director of Education at the Tribeca Film Institute, on the development team at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and as a consultant for the Sundance Institute, San Francisco Film Society, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and ReelWorks Teen Filmmaking. Lucas also serves on the literary council of the Brooklyn Book Festival. Find her on Twitter at @likaluca.
Director of Education
Jordan Smith joins the National Book Foundation after five years at Museum of the Moving Image, where she most recently 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.
Nicole Swift has been working in the literary non-profit sector since 2011. She joins the National Book Foundation after seven years with the Miami Book Fair, where she recently held the title of Program Manager, most notably coordinating the children’s and YA author program as well as the comics and graphic novel program. She has managed National Book Foundation programs in Miami via a partnership with the Fair, including the Teen Press Conference, 5 Under 35 and An Evening with the National Book Awards. She holds a BA in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College and rereads The Little Prince every year.
Prior to joining the National Book Foundation, Dhyana was an Editorial Assistant at Grove Atlantic, and previously worked for Writers House and Picador Books. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, and you can find her on Twitter at @dhyanataylor.