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.
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 Pennsylvanian, Maggie now happily resides in Oakland, CA.
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.
Director of Communications
Liz grew up in the Chicagoland area but she’s lived in Los Angeles for 20 years. She previously worked as the managing editor of Shondaland and was also the education editor at GOOD magazine and TakePart. Before her career in journalism, Liz taught third grade in Compton, California. Women’s empowerment, race unity, and educational equity are her life passions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Board of Directors
Managing Partner, Zingerman’s Mail Order
Board Vice President
826 Valencia Representative
Chief Inclusion Officer, Stanford Graduate School of Education
General Manager, Industry Affairs, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft
Investment Management, Goldman Sachs
826 Boston Representative
Active Community Volunteer
DoubleLine, CASA of Los Angeles
ALEXANDRA SUICH BASS
Senior Correspondent for Politics, Technology and Society, The Economist
Senior Program Officer, Joyce Foundation
Poet, Activist, and Inaugural U.S. Youth Poet Laureate
826 New Orleans Representative
President, Legacy Inventive Solution for Schools
Litigation Associate, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Head of Global Policy & Social Impact, Lyft
Vice President – Radio, Corporation for Public Broadcasting
826 MSP Representative
Director, West Monroe Partners, Minneapolis
Google Ann Arbor
MORGAN W. TOVEY
Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Director, Social Innovation, AT&T
Director of Corporate Initiatives at Everytown for Gun Safety
Literary Agent at the Ross Yoon Agency
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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