Hannah Ehrlich (Publisher Liaison)

Hannah Ehrlich (Publisher Liaison)Hannah Ehrlich is the Director of Marketing & Publicity at Lee & Low Books. She loves speaking about why we need more diverse books and has done so in several places including NYU, Hunter College, and on Huffington Post Live. She graduated from Tufts University and lives in Queens (the most diverse county in the country!) and her hobbies include eating her way through NYC and reading books that make her cry on the subway. Favorite diverse books include Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Yummy by G. Neri, and Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales. Twitter: @leeandlow

Stacey H. Lee (Legal Liaison)

Stacey H. Lee (Legal Liaison)Stacey H. Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American whose people came to California during the heydays of the cowboys. She believes she still has a bit of cowboy dust in her soul. A native of southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. After practicing law in the Silicon Valley for several years, she finally took up the pen because she wanted the perks of being able to nap during the day, and it was easier than moving to Spain. She plays classical piano, raises children, and writes YA fiction. Her debut book UNDER A PAINTED SKY is coming from G.P. Putnam’s Sons in 2015. Twitter: @staceyleeauthor

Anita Merina (Non-Profit Liaison)

Anita Merina (Non-Profit Liaison)Anita Merina is a Senior Communications Specialist for the National Education Association and National Coordinator of the NEA’s signature literacy program NEA’s Read Across America. Over the last 20 years at the NEA, Anita has been instrumental in creating programs, materials and partnerships that promote both the joy and importance of reading as well as the importance of diversity in children’s literature and diverse books in school classrooms and libraries. NEA’s premier national celebration, NEA’s Read Across America Day on March 2nd, draws more than 45 million adults, children and teens every year. NEA’s Read Across America also works in partnership with non-profit organizations to provide schools in low-income communities access to books for their libraries and students. She is a feature writer for NEA Today, was a contributing writer to Books Kids Will Talk About, editor of Philippine American Short Stories, and is working on her own children’s books

Christine Taylor-Butler

Christine Taylor-ButlerChristine is an award-winning author of more than seventy five books for children and a founding member of the Association for Children’s Authors and Illustrators of Color ( Her short stories and essays have appeared in magazines and journals including the Horn Book Review and Scholastic’s Read and Rise series. She holds degrees in both Civil Engineering and Art & Design from MIT. In addition to her writing activities, she is Past President of the Missouri Writers Guild, a judge for the Society of Midland Authors book awards, and serves on the Missouri Judicial Performance Committee. Christine lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her family. Visit her website at Twitter: @ChristineTB

Stacy Whitman (Publisher Liaison)

Stacy Whitman (Publisher Liaison)Stacy Whitman is the Founder and Publisher at Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books that publishes diverse fantasy, science fiction, and mystery for children and young adults. She holds a master’s degree in children’s literature from Simmons College. Twitter: @tubooks

Marietta B. Zacker (Agent Liaison)

Marietta B. Zacker (Agent Liaison)Marietta has experience children’s books from every angle – teaching, marketing, publishing, and bookselling. She thrives on working with authors who make their readers feel their characters’ emotions and illustrators who add a different dimension to the story. She is also Book Curator at an independent toy store and bookstore. Find her on twitter: @AgentZacker

Allie Jane Bruce (Education Liaison)

Allie Jane Bruce (Education Liaison)Allie Jane Bruce is the Children’s Librarian at the Bank Street College of Education, where she works on a project with 6th-graders that explores diversity, identity, and advocacy through children’s literature. She co-founded the blog Reading While White and served on the 2016 Newbery Committee. Twitter: @alliejanebruce