Chris Angotti, Director of Programs
Chris Angotti is a former middle and high school teacher who believes in encouraging creativity among all ages. In his spare time, he tries to make his own things, as well as read, watch, and listen to as much as he can. Also, he will never get tired of looking at dogs. Here at the office, Chris oversees NaNoWriMo, Camp NaNoWriMo, and the Young Writers Program. He works with all staff to ensure that our websites and resources are the best they can be for participants and educators.
As a boy, Grant spent his allowance on all sorts of pens and paper, so there was never much question that he would become a writer. He received his B.A. from Grinnell College in English and his M.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. He has published in The Southwest Review, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, Gargoyle, and The Berkeley Fiction Review, among others. He’s the founder and editor of the lit journal 100 Word Story and writes essays and book reviews for a number of publications and blogs. He believes quite simply that everyone is a writer—that we create our world through the stories we tell—so he now enthusiastically prods nearly everyone he meets to write a novel and feel how life can be transformed through a daring creative act.
Tavia Stewart-Streit, Deputy Director
After earning a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, Tavia Stewart-Streit worked at 826 Valencia, McSweeney’s, Watchword Press, and ZYZZYVA before joining NaNoWriMo in 2006—where she’s held many roles since. Currently, she is charge of overseeing our wonderful staff, financial oversight, the NaNoWriMo Donation Station and Store and fulfillment warehouse, and assisting Grant with strategic planning, fundraising, and general organizational operations.
When she’s not working at NaNo or hanging with her extra-awesome son Archer, she also curates literary-based audio tours for her very own small start-up Invisible City, and eats whenever possible at her husband’s restaurant, The Hog’s Apothecary.
Tim Kim, Editorial Director
As Editorial Director, Tim oversees communications, including the blog, newsletter, and general updates from HQ. In other words, he is a glorified town caller. Please feel free to picture him with a speaking-trumpet, as it is his accoutrement of choice—preferably bedazzled rather majestically to separate him from the other town callers. As a former NaNoWriMo intern himself, Tim also oversees our intern program, the most difficult part of which is frantically searching for ways to permanently retain these fantastic folks.
Tim has worked for Once, Wired, and San Francisco magazines, as well as at Condé Nast. He is searching for new ways to humble-brag about the fact that he is only two degrees of separation away from Taylor Swift, and that his dog is possibly the cutest dog ever.
Shelby Gibbs, Office Captain
Shelby Gibbs received her B.A. in English Literature from Mills College in 2012. She has written literary criticism, personal essays, and the occasional poem on the color purple since childhood. Before NaNoWriMo, she interned at a small publishing house in Berkeley and penned a senior thesis on Virginia Woolf. In her free time, she enjoys grocery shopping (especially the free samples), and further exploring her native Bay Area. At NaNoWriMo, she holds down the fort by answering customer service emails, tending to office plant life, and coordinating staff and program events.
Paige Knorr, Community Liaison
By day, Paige works for a youth emergency shelter in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; by night (okay, evening) she dons her special cape-of-organization and coordinates the team of 650+ NaNoWriMo volunteers around the world. Her job is to provide support and guidance for all the Municipal Liaisons organizing writing events in their local communities. Paige also has a degree in Professional Writing, hosts karaoke on Saturdays, and enjoys anything involving science-fiction or cats.
Jezra Lickter, Web Developer
Jezra enjoys writing code in various programming languages, as well as riding a bike, trying not to fall off a skateboard, and playing the bagipes. When he grows up, he hopes to be an an astronaut.
Heather Dudley, Lead Forums Moderator
Heather is a 30-something mother of two and a hopeless writing addict. She is currently the Lead Forums Moderator for the community forums. A relapsed webmaster with extensive moderating experience, she started volunteering in the NaNoWriMo forums in 2003. Her dreams came true in 2007 when she was asked to join staff as the Forums Moderator. She wrangles the hundreds of thousands of posts and participants that flow through the forums on a daily basis, moving them around, answering questions, and reporting feedback to the staff back at HQ. In 2012, she was promoted to Lead Forums Moderator, and is responsible for overseeing the volunteer and staff moderators over both the main and YWP websites.
Sarah is a nap enthusiast and fanatical knitter with a background in libraries, an English degree, a diploma in Public Relations, and a slightly spoiled cat named Weasley. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and thus spends a great deal of time on webcams and Google chat with her coworkers. As Director of Community Engagement, Sarah is responsible for coordinating NaNoWriMo’s more than 650 volunteers around the world, running the various social media accounts, working with libraries and bookstores through the Come Write In partnership, and helping to organize the annual Night of Writing Dangerously fundraising gala. (Sarah is on maternity leave until August 2014.)