Literacy Lab’s Advisory Board are early learning champions who have come together to help advise our team and guide the community conversation, so that Literacy Lab can make this the moment that the world focuses on educating our youngest minds using the most effective resources available.GET INVOLVED
Jason Boog is the author of “Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age.” He worked as a journalist and editor at Mediabistro for five years, and his writing has been featured on NPR and in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, and Salon. Visit him at Born-reading.com.
Cen Campbell is a children’s librarian and the founder at LittleeLit.com. She has driven a bookmobile, managed branch libraries, developed innovative programs for babies, young children and teens, and now supports children’s librarians to serve as media mentors in their communities. She was named Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2014 for her work on LittleeLit.com.
Cen hails from not so sunny Dublin, Ireland. She joined Google in 2003, focusing on managing operations and teams in advertising, fraud and payments. Currently, she is with Google Fiber. Being an avid reader, mixed with a desire to give something back to her new home of the Bay area, led her to this exciting opportunity to work with Literacy Lab’s Digital4Literacy program.
Chris has had a 25 year career in Human Resources working with a number of Fortune 500 organizations. Formerly Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Charles Schwab & Co., Chris also has held senior management HR positions with Universal Studios, Levi Strauss & Company, and Bank of America. She is now the proprietor of Children’s Book Gallery, an antiquarian bookshop in San Francisco specializing in antique children’s books of charm, character and color. She also writes contemporary children’s picture books, and is the curator of a landmark exhibition in New York City called “One Hundred Books Famous in Children’s Literature.” Chris has served on a variety of national and international nonprofit boards, where she is active in HR, strategic planning, leadership, and board governance work. She received a BA from Stanford University and attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Ken Maxey is Director of Government Affairs at Comcast Cable, having joined Comcast in January 2010. He has over 12 years of experience working as a community relations professional throughout California. As President of the San Francisco chapter of the National Association of Multi Ethnicities in Communications, he has recruited and coordinated new members from Facebook, Cisco and Pandora. His knowledge combined with strong ability to work with diverse organizations and leaders is one of the unique attributes he takes pride in. Mr. Maxey has expertise in a wide range of areas, including policy development, outreach, operations, intercultural communications and nonprofit partnerships. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Notre Dame De Namur University; an M.A. in International Conflict Resolution from American University; and an M.P.A., specializing in Urban Development and Policy, from Howard University.
Ann O’Leary directs the Children and Families Program at Next Generation, which includes spearheading “Too Small to Fail”—Next Generation’s joint initiative with the Clinton Foundation to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five — developing a national research portfolio, and leading policy activities in California. Ann also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress where she writes about work-family policies. Ann previously served as a lecturer in health law at UC Berkeley School of Law, Executive Director of the Berkeley Center on Health, Economic & Family Security at UC Berkeley School of Law, a Deputy City Attorney for the city of San Francisco, Legislative Director to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and led the children and family policy team on the White House Domestic Policy Council under President William J. Clinton. She also served as a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, advising the incoming administration on early childhood education issues. Ann is a member of the board for KQED, Northern California’s public news provider, and the East Bay Community Law Center, a legal aid clinic for low-income community members in Berkeley, California. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, a master’s in education policy from Stanford University and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Ann is a resident of Oakland where she lives with her husband, Goodwin Liu, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California, and their two children, Violet and Emmett.