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Adam Echelman

Executive Director

Adam (he/his) advocates for dynamic programs that increase access to information by meeting people where they are—whether through digital literacy classes in Laundromats or health workshops in churches. In 2017, he launched the Legal Literacy Initiative to help public libraries deliver legal information to underserved communities across the US. He has served as a Visiting Professor of Practice at John Jay College, where he co-taught a program on access to justice and legal information. Prior to LWB, he worked with asylum seekers at the Karnes Detention Center in Texas. He is a graduate of Yale University and a recipient of the Gordon Grand Fellowship.

 
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Katherine Trujillo

Deputy Director

Since joining Libraries Without Borders in 2016, Kat (she/her) has created pop-up libraries and makerspaces in Detroit, the Bronx, Washington, D.C., Coaque (Ecuador) and most recently, Puerto Rico. Prior to joining Libraries Without Borders, she worked on human rights, immigration and education policy at Humanity in Action, the White House Domestic Policy Council, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the National Head Start Association. Kat is a proud Cal alum and a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, which funded her studies at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She also holds a law degree from the Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University, where she studied as a George Mitchell Scholar. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.

 
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Carly Wais

Technology & Social Justice Fellow

Carly (they/them) graduated with a B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University and earned their Masters in Social Design from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2016. As a Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Fellow, they imagined new platforms for people coming back to Baltimore from prison and jail to connect with resources and each other. Carly is the former coordinator of the Reproductive Justice Inside Coalition, and a proud member of the MD grassroots advocacy organization Out For Justice. Carly was born and raised in Baltimore.

 

Azure Grimes

Baltimore Project Coordinator

Azure Grimes is a Baltimore native and the Project Coordinator for the Wash and Learn Initiative (WALI), a program with Libraries Without Borders. As an AmeriCorps VISTA Alum and a current HBCU student, Azure is passionate about advancing racial equity through community initiatives.

 

Lily Ross

National Program Manager

As the National Program Manager, Lily Ross (she/her) builds capacity with LWB projects and best practices between. Previously, Lily managed an AmeriCorps VISTA program for Strong City Baltimore. A native of Silver Spring, MD, Lily has a B.S. in Journalism: Strategic Communications from Ohio University.

 

Lisa Alvarenga

San Antonio Project Coordinator

Lisa Alvarenga (she/her) is an almost life-long resident of San Antonio, graduate of the University of The Incarnate Word, and the Project Coordinator for the Wash and Learn Initiative (WALI), a program with Libraries Without Borders. Previously, Lisa worked with BiblioTech, the first all-digital public library in the United States, and helped spread digital literacy in Bexar County. As a first-generation citizen, Lisa is passionate about providing access to education and resources to immigrants and their children through community engagement.

Board of Directors

Patrick Weil, Chairman of the Board & Founder, Visiting Professor at Yale Law School

Peter Sahlins, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Director of Interdisciplinary Studies Department and Professor of History at UC Berkeley

Mark Cramer, Treasurer of the Board, Applied AI Product Management at Xerox

Katherine Reisner, Co-Secretary of the Board, Senior Policy Adviser at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

Ramona Naddaff, Co-Secretary of the Board, Associate Professor of Rhetoric at UC Berkeley

Zachary Sims, Co-Secretary of the Board, Co-founder & CEO of Codecademy

Chelsea Stieber, Co-Secretary of the Board, Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Catholic University

Yves Istel, Senior Adviser at Rothschild Inc.

Owen Fiss, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School

Jeanne Friedman, Strategic Development Adviser

Noorain Khan, Program Officer at the Office of the President of the Ford Foundation

Eric Parrie, Director of Special Projects, Office of Mike Johnston

Anthony Chase, Graduate student at Princeton University

Jessica Marshall, Co-Founder LightSail Education