Our team is dedicated to youth and social justice. Meet our Board of Directors:
SHARI LESKOWITZ | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR and DIRECTOR OF EAST COAST OPERATIONS
Shari was raised in Boston by a book-loving family, and has always valued the power of the written word and the beauty of a children's book well illustrated. She has worked in various educational settings, and in many capacities over the years, including: as a literacy coach in struggling Boston preschools through Americorps VISTA; as a teacher's assistant in a private Berkeley Montessori preschool; as an instructional assistant for children with autism in the San Francisco public schools, and as an aide in a celebrity-studded private school for the gifted and talented; and more recently as a site coordinator for two literacy programs at "low performing" elementary schools in Richmond and Oakland. Her exposure to this enormous range in wealth, and gulf in educational equity, is the impetus for starting a library where children are provided with resources to make positive social change in their own communities, while finding a love for books along the way. Shari received her bachelor's degree from Tufts University, and received her master's degree from San Francisco State University in Social Justice and Equity Issues in Education.
JULIET DANA |
DIRECTOR OF WEST COAST OPERATIONS
Juliet has always loved bookmobiles, first discovering their magic in the parking lot of the West Minnehaha Rec Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. She developed her love for reading and a passion for social justice growing up in the midwest. At Carleton College, she earned a degree in American Studies and Educational Studies, as well as a teaching credential. Juliet's teaching experiences span indoor and outdoor classrooms, always with an eye for good stories and student-driven adventure. Some favorites include leading a 6-week whitewater canoe trip in the Canadian Arctic, developing the Pura Vida program in Grand Teton National Park, and coaching a middle school girls' volleyball team in south Minneapolis. When she first moved to the Bay Area, she taught English and social studies to 6-12th graders at public schools. She recently finished co-writing a middle school science and literacy curriculum for the Learning Design Group at UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science. Green Branch hooked her with its goal of encouraging young changemakers through inspiring and relevant stories. She's eager to share her enthusiasm, humor, and idealism with such a worthy cause and wacky young readers.
JEDDA FOREMAN |
Jedda is a an experienced adventurer who delights in finding new routes and vistas to explore, whether outside with young people or when crafting a strategic organizational vision. Her leadership chops have developed through her roles at the Teton Science Schools, Outward Bound, Point Reyes Outdoors, and the Bolinas-Stinson Summer Camp. Jedda understands the transformative power of nontraditional education as a vehicle for creativity and success - and she is excited about using the Green Branch vehicle, literally, to educate and inspire young leaders in the Bay Area. She currently serves as project manager and curriculum specialist for the Lawrence Hall of Science's professional development project Better Environmental Education Teaching, Learning, and Expertise Sharing (BEETLES). Jedda earned an MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts, a certificate in Place-Based Education and Field Science from the Teton Science Schools, and a BA in Psychology and Education from Carleton College.
SUSAN MAHON |
PARENT AND COMMUNITY LIAISON
Sue is a licensed occupational therapist. She has extensive experience working with individuals suffering from severe and persistent mental illness. Susan has worked in both acute psychiatric hospital settings as well as community-based care agencies. From 2001 until 2006, she worked for San Francisco's Institute on Aging, providing occupational therapy services to help frail and disabled seniors to continue living independently in their homes. She also worked at Chinatown North Beach Mental Health Services providing case management, therapy groups, and counseling services in a public health setting. In 2007 at the Mental Health Association of San Mateo County, Susan was involved in developing and implementing a program that provided housing and clinical care to individuals who had previously been institutionalized. For the past year, Susan has been dedicated full time to taking care of her three young children at home.
REMY TIMBROOK |
Remy has a degree in theatre arts and a degree in library and information science. While working her way through the LIS program at San Jose State, she was Green Branch's first summer intern! For several years, she has volunteered with a Read Aloud program at an underfunded public school, selecting children's books on tough topics like immigration rights, celebrating differences, food justice, standing up against bullies, and incarcerated parents. After spending a surprising amount of her early career working in tech (where the theatre training bolstered her perpetually pleasant telephone voice), Remy joined the Oakland Public Library as a Teen Librarian. Her days are full of YA fiction, social dramas small and large, video games, and temporary tattoos. She hasn't left children's literature behind, though. Storytime is her favorite thing - or one of them, along with proofreading, showtunes, and ice cream. Remy was raised in the SF Bay Area and now lives in Oakland with her wife, two cats, and the vigorous beginning of an urban garden. She is looking forward to helping young things grow and thrive in an unexpected environment.
We are continually expanding our network to include more and more experts in the fields of literacy and youth empowerment. We consider our Board to be a reflection of some of the diversity of the Bay Area, and we welcome feedback from an even broader cross-section of citizens than our Board currently represents. We look forward to building deeper relationships with community groups already working on the ground, and we encourage you to contact us if you see an opportunity for collaboration.