Our Team

Kat Cho, Co-Founder, Head of Fundraising

Kat Cho, author of Wicked Fox and Vicious Spirits, has been an advocate of diversity and equity in kidlit since she first became involved in the community. She's worked and volunteered with organizations such as DVPit, Pitch Wars, and WNDB in order to provide platforms for historically underrepresented voices in the publishing industry. You can find her online at: Twitter | Instagram | KatChoWrites.com

Jennie Magiera, Co-Founder, Head of Logistics

Jennie Magiera is Google’s Global Head of Education Impact, bestselling author of Courageous Edventures, and founder of the education equity nonprofit Our Voice Alliance. A lifelong educator, Jennie taught for over a decade and has also been an instructional coach, building leader, and district administrator. She served on the TWG for the US Dept of Education’s National EdTech Plan, and has been featured on programs such as NBC’s Education Nation, C-SPAN’s Reimagining Education, TEDx, and NPR. Find her online at: Twitter

Akshaya Raman, Head of Author Outreach

Akshaya Raman moved every year until she was fourteen–sometimes to different parts of the same town, sometimes to different cities, sometimes to different countries all together. As a result, she developed two superpowers: being able to sleep or read pretty much anywhere (though now that she’s older she gets sick reading in moving vehicles). When she’s not writing, she loves to travel and try new (vegetarian) cuisines. She lives in California with an actual scaredy cat where she nerds out over all things space and watches way too much TV. She is represented by Hillary Jacobson at ICM Partners. Find her online: Twitter | Website

Claribel A. Ortega, Board of Directors

Claribel Ortega went from journalism student, editing her classmates often times hilarious ads and ramblings on the back page of SUNY Purchase’s Independent Newspaper, to a small town reporter, where she enjoyed going to board of ed meetings and texting the town mayors about the line at Starbucks. Today she’s busy turning her obsession with eighties pop culture, magic and video games into books while traveling the world for her day job in marketing. She is the host of the WRITE OR DIE podcast, owner of small graphic design business GIFGRRL and the GIFGRRL SHOP which creates apparel for writers and creatives.

Claribel’s debut middle grade novel GHOST SQUAD is coming from Scholastic April, 7th 2020. Find her Online: Twitter | Website

Beth Phelan, Board of Directors

Beth has been working in literary agencies since 2010, holding positions at Scott Waxman Agency, Morhaim Literary, and The Bent Agency, before landing at Gallt & Zacker in 2017. A lifelong reader, she’s been caught reading by flashlight in hotel closets while on vacation and finishing stories in lieu of returning friends’ calls. She is a winner of the inaugural CBC Diversity Outstanding Achievement Award, a Publisher’s Weekly Notable Person of the Year Reader’s Pick, and a Publisher’s Weekly Star Watch Honoree. Beth is also the creator of #DVpit, a Twitter pitch event for marginalized creators, which she launched in April 2016. Most of her time is spent reading, editing, and trying new recipes that end in either disaster or total bliss. (Results have so far been mixed.) Find Beth Online: Twitter | Website