The 826 National Team

Maggie Andrews

Director of Development

One of 826 Boston’s earliest after-school tutors, Maggie brings more than a decade of national fundraising experience to 826 National. She is dedicated to supporting organizations that serve youth and contribute to a vibrant, equitable community. A native and proud Pennsylvanian, Maggie now happily resides in Oakland, CA.

Lauren Broder

Director of Research & Evaluation

Lauren received her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut where she conducted research on the effects of early childhood experiences on later development. She brings a strong background in statistical analysis, research writing, and data management, as well as five years of teaching at the collegiate level.

Lindy Caldwell

Chapter Resources & Support Manager

Lindy brings over 12 years of experience in the nonprofit sector to the role, working in homelessness, family support, and youth education. Most recently she comes from Room to Read, where she led business process development, resources, and communications across a network of 50+ global chapters. Lindy loves connecting people with shared passions, while enhancing the systems and processes that make that experience most effective. In her role at 826 National, she supports the network in collaborating across cities and programs.

Daniel Cesca

Operations Assistant

Daniel graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he studied fiction and taught undergraduate creative writing courses. After earning his MFA, he taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Iowa, and served as the Writer-in-Residence at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, one of the oldest biological field stations in the country.

Jonathan Hsieh

Development & Impact Coordinator

Prior to joining 826 National, Jonathan was seeking “A-ha!” moments (personally and literarily) with students as a college counselor in Nanjing, China. A native Texan and graduate of Rice University, he lives to explore cities on two wheels, enjoy funky beats, and discover ways to make education more engaging and empowering.

Cecilia Juan

Corporate & Foundations Relations Manager

Before joining 826 National, Cecilia was the Grants & Membership Manager at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA and served on the institutional giving teams at the International Center of Photography and The Studio Museum in Harlem in New York. Prior to beginning her career in fundraising for arts organizations, Cecilia lived in Japan and the Czech Republic, where she taught English as a foreign language to toddlers, scientists, and everyone in between. Cecilia holds an MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University as well as a BA in English and BFA in Photography from the University of Florida.

Okailey Okai

Program Development & Support Coordinator

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Okailey attended art school in upstate New York. After graduating, she taught English in South Korea for three years and fell in love with Korea’s culture, food and history, and of course, K-POP. When she returned to the United States, she participated in various art fairs before moving to California to obtain her Masters in Arts Management. During her career, she found a new interest in Art as Social Practice and exploring ways of increasing access to arts and culture for underserved communities.

Gerald Richards

Chief Executive Officer

With twenty years of management and development experience at national nonprofits, and certificates in nonprofit management and leadership from Harvard University and Babson College, Gerald is a respected trainer and sought-after speaker on topics of youth and educational access. He is recipient of News Corp’s 2016 Murdoch Community Hero Award.

Kait Steele

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.

Yusuke Wada

Salesforce Administrator

A veteran of the nonprofit world, Yusuke has spent the last 10 years working for low-income populations through food banking and economic development in both Asia and the U.S. He earned his M.N.A. at the University of San Francisco and is a certified Salesforce Administrator.

Board President
Managing Partner, Zingerman’s Mail Order

Board Vice President
Owner, Miette Pâtisserie & Confiserie

Board Secretary
General Manager, Industry Affairs, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft

Board Treasurer
Principal, Hellman & Friedman

CEO, 826 National

826 Valencia Representative
Chief Inclusion Officer, Stanford Graduate School of Education

826 Boston Representative
Active Community Volunteer

826 National Co-Founder
Founder of McSweeney’s Publishing & Award-Winning Author

826LA Representative
Author, Documentary Film Producer & Co-Founder of CODEPINK

826CHI Representative
Associate Vice Chancellor of Adult Education at City Colleges of Chicago

826NYC Representative
Founder, All & Sum

Founder & Owner, Zeitgeist Artist Management

826michigan Representative
CEO, Nutshell


Co-Founder, Issue Media Group

Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility & Community Affairs, Time Warner Cable

General Counsel, WestEd

Director, Social Innovation, AT&T

Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP


826 National Co-Founder
President & Founder, Teacher Salary Project

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