Chief Executive Officer
Prior to 826 National, Laura held leadership positions at high achieving youth organizations including Build, First Graduate, Juma Ventures, and The Posse Foundation, where she developed the organization’s first national career, corporate engagement, and alumni programs. She holds a Master’s in Education and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University, and is the Chair of the Board of Directors at Youth Speaks.
Field Operations Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA
Skylar graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan. As a tutor at the Sweetland Peer Writing Center, she grew to see writing as an opportunity for connection, growth, and discovery. Her hobbies include playing the guitar, pick-up basketball, and admiring ocean sunsets.
826 Digital Manager
Anna has spent much of her career teaching high school English in New Orleans and Chicago. She brings curriculum development, instructional coaching, and administrative experience to her role as Digital Manager. Prior to this role, Anna served as Program Development and Support Coordinator at 826 National.
Director of Operations
Abbey joins 826 by way of the private sector, having spent the last 15 years building businesses in technology, start-ups, art, and hospitality. Charged with developing scalable systems and processes designed to help 826 flourish, Abbey hopes to bring her passion for the arts and analytical skills to bear. When not working, Abbey can found cooking on a yoga mat while reading a novel after a bike ride.
Corporate & Foundations Relations Manager
Cecilia earned her MA in Arts Administration from New York University and has over five years of experience fundraising for arts organizations in the Bay Area and New York City. Before becoming a grant writer, Cecilia taught English to toddlers, scientists, and everyone in between, in Japan and the Czech Republic.
Network Growth Director
Network Support Manager
Kona began her 826 journey as a volunteer with the 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center, then later led its Podcasting Field Trip program. She attended Wellesley College and NYU, and has taught English in France, China, and Ghana. She adores travel and dreams of visiting Antarctica someday.
Research & Systems Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA
Gabriela graduated from University of California Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Sociology and Literature. Writing has always been one of her passions, and she is excited to help spread a love for writing to students all across the country. Science fiction novels, long road trips, and the California coast are just a few of her favorite things.
Director of Field Operations
A founding member of 826CHI, Kait played a key role in program/curriculum development, serving as the organization’s first Programs Coordinator and later as its Director of Education. Prior to joining 826, Kait taught creative writing in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. She holds a B.A. in English/Creative Writing from Northwestern University.
Development & Communications AmeriCorps VISTA
Maria is a recent graduate of the University of South Dakota, where she received her B.A. in Communication Studies and Social Media Marketing. A native of the Midwest, her major loves are animal rescue, world-building, good food, palm trees, and sunshine.
Shida earned her B.S. in Psychology at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and believes in the importance of investing in youth and education. As a certified Salesforce administrator, Shida values clean organized data. She also loves traveling, Giants baseball, and searching for the best east coast style pizza in the Bay Area.
Board of Directors
826 Valencia Representative
Chief Inclusion Officer, Stanford Graduate School of Education
Board Vice President, Board Secretary
Literary Agent at the Ross Yoon Agency
Investment Management, Goldman Sachs
Principal, Managing Director, Gensler Chicago
826 Boston Representative
Active Community Volunteer
Founder & Executive Coach, The Transformance Group
Managing Partner, Boulevard Partners
Poet, Activist, and Inaugural U.S. Youth Poet Laureate
826 New Orleans Representative
President, Legacy Inventive Solution for Schools
Head of Global Policy & Social Impact, Lyft
Managing Partner, Zingerman’s Mail Order
Founder & President, Productive, LLC
General Manager, Industry Affairs, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft
President and Chief Executive Officer at WMFE | WMFV
826 MSP Representative
Director, West Monroe Partners, Minneapolis
Google Ann Arbor
ALEXANDRA SUICH BASS
Senior Correspondent for Politics, Technology and Society, The Economist
MORGAN W. TOVEY
Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Director of Business Development, Systems Engineering Group
Director, Social Innovation, AT&T
Director of Corporate Initiatives at Everytown for Gun Safety
EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS
826 National Co-Founder
CEO, Enterprise for Youth
President & Founder, Teacher Salary Project
826 National Co-Founder
Founder of McSweeney’s Publishing & Award-Winning Author
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