Jessica holds a B.S in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, and previously served as a Senior Executive at Google, developing consumer products. She was featured in Fast Company Magazine as one of Google's "12 Most Innovative Minds." She holds 4 patents in Consumer Product Design, and led the development of iGoogle, the Google Personalized Homepage (the little dashboard where you could add all the widgets). Jess is also a creative writer, naturalist, and lecturer. She believes the best way to learn is to follow whatever passion arises organically, which informs the product design of Literati.
Kelly is a writer, book artist and designer. While completing an MFA in Fiction at Brown University, she pursued interdisciplinary coursework in book arts at Rhode Island School of Design. Prior to graduate work, Kelly was Lead Designer at Hawaii Life. During her undergraduate at Columbia University, she earned a B.A. in English & Comparative Literature and a Creative Writing Concentration in Poetry. As a mother, Kelly wants to ensure that her young son (a charter member of Club Neo) has a lifelong relationship to the alchemical space wherein literature, art and the book unite.
Laura earned an MPA and BBA from The University of Texas at Austin, with a focus on Financial Reporting and Assurance. She is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas and is determined to prove to the world that accountants are not boring. Laura has a sports background and played volleyball most of her life, although she is always trying new things (most recently, tennis). When she’s not in front of the computer, she loves taking her dog hiking in the hill country, traveling and spending time with friends.
Marissa earned her BA from the University of Texas, then spent 10+ years Recruiting for a handful of Silicon Valley’s tech giants (eBay, Google, NetApp, Facebook). She made her way back to Texas, and enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 daughters. She loves nature, and hopes to build off of her year of oil painting lessons, by one day painting plein air.
Yuri spent her childhood ferreting around in medical dictionaries. Her love of linguistics aided a fascination with medical terminology and ultimately, emergency medicine. Yuri holds an EMT certification and attended the University of Texas at Austin where she studied Mathematics. She and her husband speak Spanglish with their son Dakota who is a sprouting book aficionado. Dakota has many Literati favorites but he most adores Night Animals which he recites verbatim. Yuri's literary heart resides within young adult fiction and she remains profoundly altered by her favorite trilogy, His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.
Gaby is a writer, illustrator, and Montessori teacher living in the Boston area. She has been a voracious reader from a young age, when she was drawn into the literary world by the magic of Peter Pan. Since then, she has fallen into books of all genres but is especially taken by ghost stories, science fiction, magical realism, and history. Her most likely impulse buy is a gorgeously illustrated picture book (most recently, Home by Carson Ellis). Gaby holds a BFA in illustration and art history and an MFA in creative writing (Writing for Young People), both from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.