Young Professionals Network
The Young Professionals Network is a community of young leaders that aims to expand and amplify LitWorld’s impact through fundraising, advocacy, and community-building initiatives. We represent a broad array of professional expertise and personal passions, but we are unified by our belief in the LitWorld mission. The Young Professionals Network is led by the YPN Board, a governing body of committed leaders responsible for setting and actualizing the network’s goals season-over-season.
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Meet our 2017-2018 YPN Board!
Maya Battle, Social Media Outreach Coordinator
Maya Battle, a native New Yorker and graduate of Pomona College, is an advertiser and digital content producer over at Penguin Random House, where she's worked for nearly ten years. A known cat addict, she also likes other things (really, she does!) like sci-fi/fantasy books, movies, and TV; mysteries and true crime; illustration and graphic design; and makeup YouTubers. She's been a member of the YPN Board since 2013.
Olivia Chase, Chief Culture Officer
Olivia Chase is currently an English teacher at the Avenues School, and she has been working a member of the YPN Board since 2014. She previously taught in France and China. Her favorite children's book is A Wrinkle in Time, but really, favorites are impossible and it's an unfair question.
Caelyn Cobb, Gala Chair
Caelyn Cobb is an editor for nonfiction books on global history and international politics at Columbia University Press. She has been working with LitWorld since 2015 and traveled to visit their programs in Haiti as part of her graduate studies at NYU. Her favorite books growing up were Ella Enchanted and anything from the Nancy Drew mystery series.
Courtney Code, Co-Chair
Courtney Code is a children’s book editor at Abrams Books and an aspiring morning person. She’s been a member of the YPN Board since 2015. Her favorite children’s book is Caps for Sale. . . or A Wrinkle in Time . . . or Stargirl.
Eric de Lemos, Secretary
Eric de Lemos is a human being recently returned to New York City and is very excited to join the YPN Board in 2017. His favorite children’s book is Singularity by William Sleator.
Rosemary Derocher, Finance and Fundraising Coordinator
Rosemary Derocher is currently working in fundraising for City Parks Foundation, writing music, and looking forward to starting grad school for Library Science in 2018. Her favorite children's book is The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg, and her favorite dog is all of them.
Kashfin Huda, Social Media Manager
Kashfin Huda is a digital marketing geek and loves to write cheesy poems in her free time. She joined the YPN Board 2017 and her favorite books are The Glass Castle and An Untamed State.
Angela Januzzi, Outreach and Community Coordinator
Angela Januzzi has spent her career in publicity, marketing, and internal and external communications for the worlds of book publishing and non-profit development (in education reform and environmental conservation). She also writes and makes things under a few different names, which she might tell you if you ask. Growing up in Northeast Ohio, as a kid her favorite books almost always seemed to be about mysticism, good witches, the natural world, and social justice. Some things never change.
Lily Lovinger, Stand Up for Girls Event Chair
Lily Lovinger works in fundraising and special events at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She is a self-described ballet nerd, and is happiest when at the beach with a good book. Her favorite part about getting old is having more friends with young children for whom she can buy all of her favorite children's books, such as Chester's Way and The Sailor Dog.
Remy Olsen, Treasurer
Remy Olsen is a financial services consultant who focuses on impact investing and microfinance. He loves traveling, cooking, and, of course, reading (especially All the Light We Cannot See, his favorite book).
Jessie Paddock, HerStory Event Chair
Jessie Paddock is thrilled to join the YPN crew. An aspiring children’s book writer, semi-retired actor, and lifelong soccer enthusiast, she can always make time to read Calvin & Hobbes. Jessie recently earned her MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Writing for Children and Young Adults from The New School and has most recently worked as a publishing assistant and teaching artist. Her first favorite book was Goodnight Moon.
Anxhelina Prenika, LitWorld Staff Liaison
Anxhelina Prenika joined the LitWorld staff in 2017 as Director of Operations and HR. At her core, Anxhelina is a facilitator with a passion for operations management, who enjoys challenging and impactful work that strives to make a difference in the community. In her free time, she enjoys learning languages, traveling, volunteering and mentoring youth social innovation programs. Her favorite children's book is The Little Prince.
Samantha Siegal, Co-Chair
Samantha Siegal works in global marketing & strategy for PepsiCo, where she's learned more than a normal person would ever care to know about beverages since joining the company out of business school. She’s been part of the YPN since 2015 and is thrilled to serve as co-chair. When not exploring, yoga-ing or brewing beer, she loves rereading her favorite children's book: The Phantom Tollbooth.
Ilana Solomon, Fundraising Coordinator
Ilana Solomon is the Development Associate at LitWorld and joined the YPN Board in 2016 after completing her MPA Capstone with LitWorld. A proud Hufflepuff, her favorite children's book series (and now adult book series) is Harry Potter.