Mary Cipollone has recently relocated to Quito, Ecuador, to pursue her passion for helping to create a more equitable life for the world’s poorest children. Prior to this move, she spent two years as the director of literacy projects and special programs at StreetSquash, an urban youth program that strives to help public school students realize their academic and personal potential.
Jan Gallagher is a freelance writer and editor with 15 years of experience in education and in publishing (sometimes simultaneously). She serves as director of communications of the Literacy Assistance Center in New York City.
Lori Z. Ragsdale is a children’s librarian at the Carrollton Public Library in Carrollton, Texas. She holds a master's degree in youth librarianship from the University of North Texas. Before turning to librarianship, she taught elementary school for 15 years.
Lena Townsend is executive director of the Robert Bowne Foundation, where her responsibilities include oversight of grants made for literacy-based afterschool and youth programming. She has published articles on reading, professional development, and adult literacy. She holds a master’s degree in reading from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an M.P.A. in not-for-profit management and policy from NYU's Wagner School.