Board of Directors

J. K. Fowler

J. K. Fowler is the founder and executive director of Nomadic Press, a community-focused literary and arts non-profit with operations in Oakland, CA, Des Moines, IA, and Brooklyn, NY. He also serves as the Director of Communications at Harm Reduction Coalition, a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by drug use. He serves on Cogswell College’s English and Humanities Professional Advisory Board. He has been published in a wide range of publications, including Bay Area Reporter, Eleven Eleven, Foglifter, COG Magazine, and elsewhere, has performed across the Bay Area and Brooklyn, and has been featured in a number of radio shows and online podcasts, including KPFA, Fuel My Fiction, StoryCorps, and others. He is the recipient of the 2016 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award and travels this world with his partner and a Kelpie named Stella.

Mary Louise Hegarty

An astrologer, craniosacral therapist, and labor and human rights consultant, Mary Louise now calls the Bay Area home after lengthy chapters in Massachusetts, Colorado and Cape Town. An early introduction to bodywork, yoga, astrology, organic gardening, and environmental activism laid the foundation for her life’s work in the healing arts. In addition to her astrology and therapy practices, ML travels the USA for a global fair labor non-profit to assess working conditions in the electronics supply chain. She was a regular columnist for ELLE-South Africa, and now publishes her own blog as The Galactic Gogo. Active in the Craniosacral Children’s Collective (SF-Oakland) and the SF Astrological Society, she holds a BA from the UMass-Amherst, as well as a diploma from the South African Institute of Cranial Studies.

Jan Johnson

Jan Johnson has worked in book publishing since 1972, holding positions in editorial and marketing at Winston-Seabury Press, HarperOne (then known as HarperSanFrancisco, a division of HarperCollins) and Tuttle Publishing. In addition she ran aka Drantell Editorial, for eight years in the 1990s, doing editorial and consulting work for a variety of publishers including JP Tarcher, Bantam, Ballantine, Quilt Digest Press, while earning an MFA in Fiction Writing from San Francisco State University.  In 2000, she cofounded RedWheel/Weiser, publishing books under the imprints Weiser Books, Conari Press, Disinformation Books, Hampton Roads Publishing, and Turning Stone Press. She was the publisher from 2000 through the end of 2015, when she retired. She is currently working with individual authors, coaching and editing their books, plus writing and publishing her own poetry, nonfiction, and fiction.

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.

Mary Owen

Mary Owen has been a project manager and technical writer for Cisco, Oracle, and many other major tech companies in the Bay Area. While working in tech is her job, her passion is bioethics, which led her to get a Masters in Bioethics from Union University. Her thesis on Hurricane Katrina and the implications of palliative care in crisis was recognized as the first of its kind work. Her other passion is ice hockey — she has refereed Division 1 women’s ice hockey for many years all across the country and now referees local games around the Bay. For ten years Mary co-produced Bay Area Rising, an annual event in collaboration with 1 Billion Rising, spearheaded by Eve Ensler, that raises awareness about violence against women. Mary also regularly visits her family on the Navajo/Diné reservation and volunteers with Adopt a Native Elder, a unique non-profit organization that brings food and supplies to the elders on the reservation in Arizona. Mary lives with her wife and eleven-year-old Shiba Inu, Mimi, in Oakland.

S. Rae Peoples

S. Rae Peoples is the founder and principal consultant at Red Lotus Consulting, a race equity and justice service boutique. A dedicated mother, education administrator, and social activist, she enjoys being present in spaces that allow her to offer personal narratives, experiences, and truths to the richness of community. A founding member of Parents United for Public Schools, her writings and opinions have been published in The Washington Post, the East Bay Express, the Oakland Post, BlogHer, as well as Young, Fabulous, and Self-Employed magazine. She has spent twenty years cultivating diversity, equity, and inclusion within the education, political, and nonprofit sectors. Her background, along with her skills in building bridges, gives S. Rae a keen contextual lens in the areas of curricula, frameworks, and educational best practices. A native of California with a Midwest upbringing, she is rooted in motherhood and community in Oakland, CA.

Steven Rood

Steven has been a lawyer for 43 years and North Atlantic Books’ general counsel for about 25 years.

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.