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.
Associate Director, Awards
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.
Education Programs Manager
Andy is a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow at the National Book Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, he earned a doctorate in English at Harvard University studying the literature of the US Civil War and Reconstruction. He taught high school English at Lakeside High School in Lake Village, Arkansas and, with the Freedom Project Network in Mississippi, he founded Freedom Summer Collegiate, a program that recruits PhD students to teach college-bridge summer classes to high school students in the Mississippi Delta & Meridian, MS.
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.
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.
Communications and Marketing Manager
Prior to joining National Book Foundation, Bev was the Publicity Manager at the New Press, where she worked with authors such as Paul Butler, Michelle Alexander, and many other writers committed to social change. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and you can find her on Twitter at @lolbev.
Jordan Smith 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.
Administration and Development Coordinator
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.