Digital Business Coordinator
Kelly grew up in Oklahoma and currently resides in a small town along the Delaware River in New Jersey. They received a BA in English Literature from Reed College and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers. Kelly joined North Atlantic Books in 2023 after a decade working as an archivist with literary and historical collections in public and university libraries. In her free time, Kelly plays guitar and sings with her indie rock band.
Emily has been with NAB since 2003, led there by her interest in alternative medicine. An Oakland native, she received her BA in communications from UCLA and her MS in print journalism from Boston University, making a speedy return to the Bay Area after receiving her degree. Prior to NAB, she worked for Red Herring, several dot-com start-ups, and AOL. Emily has written for Los Angeles and 7×7 magazines and enjoys reading actual printed books, walking, hanging with cats, and good food and wine. She lives in Oakland with her husband and feels fortunate to work with so many other cat (and yes, dog) lovers.
Senior Director of Organizational Development
Susan began working at NAB in July of 1995, months after she graduated with an MFA in English and creative writing from Mills College. She has also worked for UC Davis Extension, the Inter-Tribal Council of California, and as a writer for The Book of Symbols (Taschen). While at NAB, Susan has performed many jobs including project editor, customer service manager, and production manager. In her free time, she can often be found hiking on Mount Tam with her husband and teenage son.
Associate Director of Sales and Distribution
A book publishing professional for more than fifteen years, Drew currently serves as associate director of sales and distribution at NAB. His areas of interest include health and fitness, psychology and personal growth, and somatics. In his current role, Drew oversees NAB’s sales and distribution program in close partnership with their global distributor, Penguin Random House.
Gabby has lived in the Bay Area her entire life. She received her BA in print/online journalism from SFSU. Gabby interned at NAB in 2019, then worked as a marketing and program assistant in North Oakland. When not working, she enjoys baking and taking her dog on walks.
Senior Production Manager
Emma Cofod is a production wiz with 17 years experience at a variety of Bay Area publishers, working on a wide range of subjects and formats, including art books, legal treatise, literary fiction, and multi-component educational curricula. She loves the particulars of prepress as well as the creative chaos of the design process. After hours you can find her pretending it’s still the 90s, riding bikes, camping, gardening, and doing mom-tivities.
Bevin has worked in publishing since graduating from Syracuse University with degrees in public relations and anthropology. Before coming to NAB in 2014, she worked at New Harbinger, a psychology and self-help publishing house in Oakland, and did HIV testing and counseling in Palm Beach, Florida.
Director of Audio, Technology, and Website Development
Joe has been with NAB since 2012. His role in the company combines two of his favorite interests, technology and books, and he thoroughly enjoys it. Born and raised in southern New Jersey, Joe graduated from Rowan University in 1998 with a radio/television/film degree. He moved to Berkeley a few months later and spent many years working in the independent music industry. Joe spent more than five years working in both marketing and software development for Nolo, an influential DIY legal publisher based in Berkeley. He’s an avid record collector who runs his own independent label called American Dust Records. His favorite books are Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus, Studs Terkel’s Talking to Myself, and Bob Dylan’s Chronicles: Volume One. Joe lives in Alameda with his wife and two daughters.
Senior Editor of Acquisitions and Production
Gillian was born and raised in Northern California. After a decade-ish spent studying poetry and working for various small presses as an editor and book designer, they joined NAB in 2019 to pursue their interest in exploring the intersections of topics like trauma, spirit, ecology, social justice, and queer studies. Gillian also co-publishes an occasional micropress, speCt! books, with three other writers in Oakland. When he’s not making or thinking about books, Gillian is biking around the East Bay, trying to replicate his grandparents’ Cantonese comfort dishes, and fencing foil at the West Berkeley Fencing Club.
Sariah is based in Florida and started working for NAB as an intern in 2022. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in creative writing and a certificate in editing and publishing. Sariah is an avid reader and writer of dark fantasy and loves learning and talking about the work of Queer and Latine writers. In her free time, she enjoys going for runs, hoarding houseplants, and sketching.
Associate Director of Acquisitions
Shayna is a New Jersey transplant to the Bay Area. She received her BA from Oberlin College and trained as an editor through UC Berkeley, and has held several roles in the world of publishing and beyond before joining NAB in 2019. Outside of work, Shayna can be found tending to their garden, experimenting in the kitchen, doodling furiously, playing tabletop games, and exploring anything explorable.
Accounting and Facilities Manager
Al moved to Oakland in 1986 after studying accounting and music at Southern University of New Orleans. A musician since the age of nine, Al juggled accounting and musical careers, and came to NAB in 2008, where he started out as accounting specialist. His duties gradually expanded to include facilities coordinator. Al enjoys the wide variety of jobs he handles at NAB, including managing office equipment and emergencies, serving as a liaison between company employees and outside contractors, fixing building malfunctions, maintaining all office supplies, responding to staff requests, payroll, mailing, and accounts payables and receivables. He interacts with staff across all departments and is happy to have a job that draws on his versatility and broad range of skills. His love of music is still going strong and he continues to play gigs all over the Bay Area as well as on several extended tours.
Janelle grew up in the South Bay before briefly moving to Denver, CO, where she earned her BA from the University of Denver and attended the Denver Publishing Institute. After returning to the Bay Area, she interned and worked at several Bay Area publishers before joining NAB in early 2020. Janelle likes hot cups of tea, tap dancing, and public libraries.
Tim came to NAB in 2013 and is honored to serve as publisher. Born in New York City, McKee grew up in Los Angeles and received a BA from Princeton University and an MA in journalism from the University of Missouri. He has worked in the nonprofit sector for his entire career, including serving as the long-time managing editor of The Sun magazine, the grants director for a social-justice foundation in San Francisco, and as a writer for several community-based organizations in California. He has also taught college-level writing and journalism. His book No More Strangers Now: Young Voices from a New South Africa (Dorling Kindersley) was an Honor Book for the Jane Addams Book Award and a Los Angeles Times bestseller. He is happiest when bringing necessary stories to the page.
As the Rights Assistant, Maxie helps in providing world access to NAB titles. She achieved a BA in English from UC Berkeley and a MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). Her own writing centers on the contemporary and futuristic Hmong American experience. She is that curious person who starts multiple projects all at once. A restless and old soul, she has traveled to Seoul, Tokyo, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Vientiane, Montreal, and Vancouver.
Trisha is from an unincorporated town in the Midwest. She studied painting at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and English Literature at U.C. Berkeley. Prior to joining NAB in 2019, she was managing editor at Omnidawn Publishing, where she still serves as a freelance editor and book designer. She has also worked as a teacher and in the newspaper advertising industry, including many years at the Los Angeles Times. When she is not immersed in the details of book production, Trisha is writing and exploring the many geographies of the Bay Area.
Michelle is a SoCal native who sometimes misses the warm and sunny beaches back home. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a B.A. in English, Michelle interned at NAB before joining the publicity department full-time. In 2020, she got involved with Bay Area Women in Publishing and now serves as a board member. When she’s not working or reading books, she enjoys taking camping trips, going to concerts, and practicing yoga.
Jasmine Respess is a Florida native who writes poetry and non-fiction about the intersections of their Black, Southern, and Caribbean identities. At New College of Florida, Jasmine spent their undergrad career as a journalist, so they utilize interviews of family members and research in much of their work. Jasmine currently serves as the Lead Editor of Islandia Journal, a South Floridian (sub)tropical journal of myth, folklore, history, ecology, cryptozoology, and the paranormal. They earned an MFA in Poetry from The New School in New York in 2020. They currently live in Coral Gables, Florida with their two dogs and they are an Acquisitions Editor with North Atlantic Books.
Shauna Rinaldi El-Abd
Shauna attended university in San Luis Obispo where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Communication with the aim of finding her place in publishing. Through her coursework, she developed a fascination with production. Before she joined NAB, Shauna managed a vintage resale store in San Luis Obispo where she spent her paycheck buying old books and 70s attire. In her free time, she loves to thrift, write, and go on road trips with her sister and their pup Scout. She has wanted to live in the Bay Area since childhood, and she is so happy to finally call it home.
Associate Publicity Director
Julia was the Event Coordinator at Books Inc in Berkeley before joining NAB in 2017. She loves working at NAB, and in particular enjoys helping to spread the word about our fantastic books. Also, she enjoys practicing yoga and eating all of the delicious food the Bay Area has to offer.
Associate Director of Rights
Sarah first joined NAB in 2000 as customer service manager after finally escaping from an accidental career in medical office management. During her years at NAB she worked as a project editor and contracts assistant before discovering her affinity for foreign rights licensing. Sarah’s favorite part of her work is connecting with people from all over a world that seems so much smaller now. She holds an MA in English literature from California State University, Fresno, and still enjoys a long Victorian novel in addition to titles on health and psychology. Sarah lives with her husband and son in Albany, where she relishes sharing good food and wine with friends and still hopes to find time to play her guitar again and finish just one sewing project.
Emily Shapiro is a Senior Publicist. Before North Atlantic Books, they worked as Event Coordinator for Pop-Up Magazine, and Editorial Assistant for Zoetrope: All-Story. In their free time, Emily writes short stories and reviews, makes and repairs clothing, and forages for plants that can be turned into natural dyes. They also run a queer lending library out of their apartment.
Senior Director of Finance
Born and raised in the Ukraine, Alla received her BA from Odessa State University in 1986 and has worked in the field of finance ever since. She moved to the U.S. in 1994 and, after working at Ten Speed Press, joined NAB in 2010. She loves finance and accounting and has extensive experience recording and projecting business activity, but what she finds especially rewarding at NAB is the opportunity to shape the financial landscape and to steer the organization toward greater success. Alla enjoys using her talent for paying strong attention to detail, her aptitude for numbers and problem solving, and her role in capturing and analyzing business activities on a daily basis. It is by far the most rewarding position she has had yet. She lives in the East Bay with her husband, daughter, three dogs, and a parrot.
Margeaux joined NAB in 2022 after working as a freelance editor. She has written several non-fiction books for young readers and helped shape stories for various publishers and authors. Margeaux was a coach for We Need Diverse Books’ Black Creative Fund program and is the former non-fiction editor of the Hugo award winning FIYAH Literary Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction. At home, Margeaux enjoys reading, listening to music, and cosplaying Wonder Woman with her busy family of untrained superheroes.
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Technology & Operations Services
Since 1997, Elliot Busch-Wheaton has provided technology management and services to Bay Area businesses and nonprofit organizations. His company–Conscious Consulting–is based in Berkeley, where Elliot lives with his family.
Web Development and Consulting
Computer Courage is a web development agency and IT service provider in the San Francisco Bay Area. NAB and CC have worked together since 2011 to bring NAB’s vision and mission to the community through the web and social media.
Web Development and Data Processing
Daniel Harrison, Founder of WebScale Consulting, has been supporting the data processing activities for NAB since 2014. Daniel has worked with multiple Fortune 500 companies in various industries providing services that include software development, project management, data modeling, technical consulting, and more.
In 2010, Daniel moved from North Carolina to Alameda where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He frequents the new restaurants and breweries popping up in Alameda and enjoys traveling the great state of California with his family.