Board of Directors

Richard Grossinger

Richard is the cofounder of Io magazine, the Society for the Study of Native Arts and Sciences, and North Atlantic Books. He is the author of more than thirty-five books, ranging from long explorations of science, culture, and spirituality (The Night Sky, Planet Medicine: Origins, Planet Medicine: Modalities, Embryogenesis) to memoirs (New Moon, Out of Babylon) to experimental prose (Book of the Earth and Sky, Spaces Wild and Tame) and science fiction (Mars: A Science Fiction Vision). Grossinger received a PhD from the University of Michigan.

Lindy Hough

Lindy is the cofounder of Io magazine, the Society for the Study of Native Arts and Sciences, and North Atlantic Books, where she served as publisher and editorial director until her retirement in 2010. A poet and fiction writer, she is the author of five books of poetry and editor or coeditor of several anthologies. Her most recent books are Wild Horses, Wild Dreams, and Wondrous Child. Hough taught writing and literature in Michigan, Maine, and Vermont. She has worked in nonprofit arts administration, taught technical writing in the College of Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, and was West Coast Editor for Shambhala Publications. She graduated from Smith College, earned an MFA from Goddard College, and completed the coursework for a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley.

Alexa Hauser

Alexa worked for forty years in the K–12 education system as a teacher, teacher leader, curriculum director, change agent, and elementary school principal. She specialized in facilitating systems change, with an anti-racist focus, which she found to be deeply spiritual work. In retirement she focuses on community building, including coordinating an edible landscape project in a public park and facilitating a broad-based effort to ensure decent housing for households with low to extremely low incomes. She earned a BA and teaching credential from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA and administrative credential from Mills College.

Mary Louise Hegarty

Mary Louise is an astrologer, writer, and craniosacral therapist practicing in San Francisco. An early introduction to bodywork, yoga, astrology, organic gardening, and environmental activism laid the foundation on which she built a career in holistic health, which has included lengthy chapters in Colorado and Cape Town. She’s an active permaculture gardener, a member of the Craniosacral Children’s Collective (SF-Oakland), and a regular columnist for ELLE South Africa. Mary Louise holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a diploma from the South African Institute of Cranial Studies.

Henry (Hank) Levy

Hank is a certified public accountant and the sole proprietor, shareholder, and partner of the Henry Levy Group. He has taught at California State University, San Francisco; Laney College, Oakland; City College of San Francisco; VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance); and the California Society of CPAs. He has served as board member for a number of organizations, including the Assessment Appeals Board, County of Alameda; The Citizens Budget Advisory Committee and Business Budget Advisory Committee for the City of Oakland; KPFA Radio Station; and Oakland Unified School District Budget Advisory Committee. He received a BA from Swarthmore College and an MA from California State University, San Jose.

Eric Myers

Eric writes and teaches in San Francisco. Before relocating to the Bay Area, he cofounded MadLab. During his tenure as artistic director, the company became an award-winning haven for original theater and performance, often of an avant-garde and political bent. In San Francisco, he cofounded the official radio station of the Burning Man event, Burning Man Information Radio, and produced programming for this “alternative universe NPR” for a decade. Myers received his BA from Princeton University and his MFA in Writing and Consciousness from New College of California.

Tom Southern

Tom Southern is an Associate Director at Newmark Cornish & Carey where he brokers the sale and leasing of commercial properties. Before turning to real estate, Tom worked in the book trade for twenty years. He held various financial and management positions including Publisher of Boaz Publishing Company, General Manager of Ten Speed Press, and Associate Controller of Princeton University Press. Tom earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. He was the board chair of North Atlantic Books from 2012 to 2014.

Wanda Stewart

Wanda Stewart is an urban farmer, educator, and comrade to many in the social justice movement to educate and inspire others to grow their own food and communities. Believing the skills to grow food and medicine, to maintain a healthy being, and to live cooperatively are essential elements in our collective survival, she revisits and reframes our shared history (and trauma) and reclaims cultural heritage, especially for African Americans, in the garden. A master gardener and certified permaculture designer with a degree in psychology from Temple University, Wanda owns and grows Obsidian Farm in Berkeley, CA, as a model for what’s possible in an urban environment. Specializing in transformational, garden-centered wellness and courageous conversations about race and our environment, she knows in her heart that we must all “grow the power”—together.

Jackie Thompson

Jackie is content acquisition senior key account manager for Ingram Content Group. She has worked in the book and content business for more than twenty-five years. Thompson started in book publishing with Wiley and has held management positions at some of the most highly respected independent publishers on the West Coast, including Timber Press, New Harbinger Publications, and Nolo. She served as a board member for PubWest. Her experience extends beyond traditional book publishing to ebooks, software, digital content licensing, and B2B online sales and marketing.