Staff

MEREDITH ANDREWS
Director of Technology
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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.

 

Ruth Dickey staff photo by Libby LewisRUTH DICKEY
Executive Director
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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)

 

Anna Dobben staff pictureANNA DOBBEN
Associate Director, Awards
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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.

 

ANDY DONNELLY
Education Programs Manager
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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.

 

Natalie Green, Public Programs Manager, National Book Foundation staffNATALIE GREEN
Senior Manager, Public Programs
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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 and is an Associate Fiction Editor at Slice Magazine.

 

KAREN GU
Submissions Assistant, Awards
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Karen previously assisted the National Book Foundation with the Literary Arts Emergency Fund. She was formerly the Publicity Associate at Graywolf Press. She is a Kundiman Fiction Fellow and is currently based in Las Vegas where she is a graduate student.

 

Jordan Smith staff photoJORDAN SMITH
Deputy Director
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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.