National Book Foundation Adds Three Board Members

The National Book Foundation has elected three new members to its board of directors:

Lucia Ferreira, co-head of global development and impact investing practices of Russell Reynolds Associates, an executive search firm where she has worked since 1996. She specializes in board and senior executive assignments for domestic and international nonprofit organizations with a focus on economic development, social justice, education and the environment. She earlier worked in the corporate finance department of Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co.

Michael Lynton, chairman of the board of Snap, Inc., parent company of Snapchat. He was CEO of Sony Entertainment from 2012 to 2017 and was chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment beginning in 2004. Earlier he worked for Time Warner and was CEO of AOL Europe, president of AOL International and president of Time Warner International. Before that, he was chairman and CEO of Penguin Group and oversaw the acquisition of Putnam. He is currently on the boards of IEX, Ares Management, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Tate and the Rand Corporation and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Harvard Board of Overseers.

Michelle Weiner, head of the books department at Creative Artists Agency. She began her career as an attorney at Hamrick and Evans and joined CAA in 2006. Among the authors she represents are Jeffrey Eugenides, Michael Cunningham, Matthew Denman, Hillary Jordan and Nathan Hill.

NBF executive director Lisa Lucas welcomed the three new board members and said, "Here at the Foundation, we fully believe that books are not for any one demographic, but for everyone. The wide-ranging expertise of these new members is invaluable to us as we work toward a world of expanded access to literature and a robust culture of reading."

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