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Our Board

Lambda Literary is proud to have a exceptional group of accomplished and dedicated professionals serve on our board.

Current Boardmembers

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Amy Scholder, President

Amy Scholder has been editing and publishing progressive and literary books for over twenty years. Her visionary style has brought high visibility to her authors, and has been praised for its contribution to contemporary literature and popular culture. She has served as editorial director of the Feminist Press, editor-in-chief of Seven Stories Press, US publisher of Verso, founding co-editor of HIGH RISK Books/Serpent’s Tail, and editor at City Lights Books. Over the years, she has published the work of Sapphire, Karen Finley, June Jordan, Kate Bornstein, Kathy Acker, David Wojnarowicz, Dorothy Allison, Mary Gaitskill, Joni Mitchell, Kate Millett, Laurie Weeks, Justin Vivian Bond, Ana Castillo, and many other award-winning authors. Currently she is producing with Sam Feder the documentary feature Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen.

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Ellen LaPointe, Vice President

Ellen LaPointe is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Northern California Grantmakers, a nonprofit organization that leverages the power of association and community to advance the collective interests of its members and catalyze the impact of philanthropy in Northern California.

Ellen has held executive and senior management and consultative positions in the nonprofit sector for over twenty years. Prior to joining NCG, Ellen was Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at HopeLab, a Redwood City-based private operating foundation founded by Board chair Pam Omidyar that utilizes technology-based approaches to improve health and well-being. In that role, Ellen cultivated strategic private and public sector engagements to increase HopeLab’s institutional resources, amplify the impact of HopeLab’s innovative solutions, and raise awareness of HopeLab’s work among thought leaders, policymakers, and other key stakeholders. Ellen assumed the role of Vice President of Strategic Partnerships in May 2007, following a two-year tenure as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, also at HopeLab.

Before joining HopeLab, Ellen served as Executive Director of Project Inform, a national non-profit AIDS treatment information and advocacy organization. Prior to that, she was an attorney at a large law firm in San Francisco and Director of Clinical Research at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, also in San Francisco.

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Caroline Young, Secretary

Caroline Young is currently the Brand & Promotions Manager of series romance at Harlequin. Before publishing, Caroline worked in social enterprise, helping organizations that employ business methods and practices to create opportunities and employment for low-income and marginalized individuals.

She received her MBA in 2010 from Oxford University, and in 2005 received her B.A. in English Literature from Brown University. Caroline currently serves as a board member for Small Print Toronto, a non-profit organization that stages interactive literary programs for children between 2-12 years old, designed to inspire kids to tell their own story and to understand those of others. She lives with her partner in Toronto, Canada.

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J. Michael Samuel, Treasurer

J. Michael Samuel recently retired as Director and Vice-President from a career in internal auditing from a number of large financial institutions. He was a frequent guest speaker, appearing throughout Silicon Valley and San Francisco at numerous conferences for the International Institute of Auditors, Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Reserve Bank System. Also, Michael coordinated internal publications and designed benchmarking and bank operational reporting to corporate Audit Committees and Board of Directors on behalf of Senior Management.

Michael founded and then served on the board of Directors of Golden Gate Performing Arts, the parent organization of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and numerous other San Francisco-based gay musical groups. He has served as a facilitator and group leader for the University of California AIDS Health Project for eighteen years, and was a Shanti volunteer for four years. Michael splits his time between San Francisco and Occidental, California, with his husband, Chris, of fifty years.

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Tamika Butler

Tamika Butler is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, a nonprofit organization with over 1,500 members that engages cyclists through advocacy, education and outreach across the county. LACBC builds a better, more bike-able Los Angeles by bringing diverse communities together to improve the bicycling environment and quality of life for the whole county.

Prior to leading LACBC Tamika was the Director of Social Change Strategies at Liberty Hill Foundation, where she oversaw the foundation’s boys and men of color program and the foundation’s LGBTQ grant strategy.

Before Liberty Hill, Tamika worked at Young Invincibles as the California Director. As the CA Director, she was responsible for the development of all of Young Invincibles’ programs in California. Tamika was responsible for building out Young Invincibles’ operations on the West Coast and grew the office to the largest regional office outside of their DC headquarters. She transitioned to policy work after litigating for three years as an employment lawyer at Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center.

She received her J.D. in 2009 from Stanford Law School, and in 2006 received her B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Sociology in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Tamika currently serves as the co-chair of the National Center for Lesbian Rights Board of Directors and is also an advisory.

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Joe Garrett

Joe Garrett is a writer and private investor. He is the past Chairman of the Board of the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, which built the first teaching hospital for AIDS doctors in Africa, crafted and help implement the first AIDS plans for the People’s Republic of China and created significant programs at the ministry of health level in many developing countries. Joe was also Board Chair of Project Inform, a national AIDS treatment and advocacy organization.

He was a Principal, Director, Vice President and General Counsel of the European Telecom Companies, which he helped build from a start-up. The first chapter of his work-in-progress novel, Into the Blue Again, was accepted by an imprint of Penguin for a collection of short stories by new gay authors. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of San Francisco. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his husband of 31 years.

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Robert Guinsler

Robert Guinsler is a senior literary agent at Sterling Lord Literistic, where he has worked since 2000. With a background in journalism and a passion for championing underrepresented voices, Robert has channeled his eclectic interests to bring distinct and important voices to a wider audience. Always seeking to foster further exposure and representation for the LGBTQ+ community, Robert’s clients have included Lambda-award winner Cleve Jones, Kevin Sessums and Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, Evan Fallenberg, Hugh Ryan, Peter Staley, as well as the Estate of Gilbert Baker. From the comedic memoirs of pop culture critics Guy Branum and Phoebe Robinson to young adult page turners by Alex London and Kevin Emerson, Robert has always worked to inspire and engage with readers of all ages and backgrounds.

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Kimberly Hoover

Kimberly Hoover is an attorney, a business owner, a philanthropist and an activist. She arrived in Washington, DC in 1985 after graduating from Duke University School of Law, where she was Executive Editor of the Law Journal, and began a practice that spanned more than 20 years and included stints at top tier law firms as well as her own shop. In the early 2000s, she started a real estate operating company, RED Multifamily, that develops, owns and operates residential property in the District of Columbia. With her wife of almost 20 years, Lynn Hackney, she founded and runs Allyson Capital, a private real estate equity firm.

Ms. Hoover actively contributes to and raises money for progressive political candidates. She has served on the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund Board of Directors for seven years and currently is the Chair of One Victory. In 2015-16, she served on the National Finance Committee for Hillary Clinton for President as a Hillblazer. In 2016, Ms. Hoover was appointed a Commissioner to DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Affairs.

Ms. Hoover is on the Board of Directors of Revere Bank (formerly Monument Bank) in Montgomery County, Maryland. She is also on the board of Advocates for Youth, a social justice nonprofit based in Washington. In the 1990s, she served on the Board of Directors of Treasury Bank, which was ultimately sold to Countrywide.

Ms. Hoover and her wife in 2015 founded the Hackney-Hoover Grant for Lesbian Families at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Washington. For several years, they have been on the Honor Roll of Donors at Sidwell Friends School in Washington. In addition to a JD from Duke University, Ms. Hoover holds a BA in English and American Studies from Baylor University where she graduated magna cum laude and was named Outstanding Senior Woman. Ms. Hoover and Ms. Hackney raised their two daughters in Washington. Stephanie lives in New York and Lauren lives in San Francisco. Ms. Hoover and Ms. Hackney currently reside in Miami and New York City.

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Rakesh Satyal

Rakesh Satyal is currently a Senior Editor at Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. He previously held editorial positions at what was formerly the Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group (Random House) and at HarperCollins. Over the course of his career, he has worked with many LGBTQ writers, including Armistead Maupin, Paul Rudnick, Clive Barker, Rahul Mehta, Michael Ausiello, Jake Shears, Janet Mock, Guy Branum, and Michael Arceneaux. He has served on the advisory committee of the PEN World Voices Festival and has taught in the publishing program at NYU’s School of Continued and Professional Studies. He had the great honor of receiving the 2010 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Debut Fiction for his novel Blue Boy (Kensington Books, 2009), which also won the 2010 Prose/Poetry Award from the Association for Asian American Studies and which was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle’s Edmund White Debut Fiction Award. He was a 2010 recipient of a Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the recipient of two fellowships from the Norman Mailer Writers Colony. He is also the author of the novel No One Can Pronounce My Name (Picador USA, 2017).

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Christopher Soto

Christopher Soto is a poet based in Los Angeles, California. He is the author of the chapbook Sad Girl Poems (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016) and the editor of Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books, 2018). He cofounded the Undocupoets Campaign and worked with Amazon Literary Partnerships to establish grants for undocumented writers. In 2019, he began working at UCLA’s Institute of American Cultures, which supports the four ethnic studies research centers on campus at UCLA. In 2017, he was awarded “The Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism” by Split This Rock and he was invited to teach a “Poetry and Protest Movements” course at Columbia University, as part of the June Jordan Teaching Corp. In 2016, Poets & Writers honored Christopher Soto with the “Barnes & Nobles Writer for Writers Award.” His poems, reviews, interviews, and articles can be found at The Nation, The Guardian, Los Angeles Review of Books, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Tin House, and more. His work has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Thai. He has been invited to speak at university campuses across the country. He is currently working on a full-length poetry manuscript about police violence and mass incarceration. He received his MFA in poetry from NYU, where he was a Goldwater Hospital Writing Workshop Fellow.

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Kent D. Wolf

Kent D. Wolf is an Agent and Foreign Rights Director at The Friedrich Agency, where he represents a celebrated roster of LGTBQIA+ writers, including National Book Award finalist and Lambda Literary Award winner Carmen Maria Machado, New York Times bestselling essayist Samantha Irby, Lambda Literary finalist Torrey Peters, Daniel Zomparelli, and Paul Dalla Rosa. A regular attendee of writers conferences and literary festivals across the country, he is an active member of The Association of Authors’ Representatives and has been profiled and interviewed by Poets & Writers, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Publishers Weekly, among other publications. Born and raised in rural Illinois, Kent now resides in Manhattan.

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