Board of Directors
When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature.
With over 20 years of experience in education nonprofits, Raquel has experience with National Literacy organizations, library service, and early childhood education. She was the Founding Executive Director for the Foundation for San Mateo County Libraries and currently serves as the Executive Director, Northern CA for Facing History and Ourselves. She has her master’s in education with an emphasis in equity and social justice from San Francisco State University and is a resident of Daly City.
Karen Bohall has been working in the nonprofit sector in both San Francisco and San Mateo County supporting families and children for over 15 years. She/They currently have a private therapy practice serving LGBTQA+ folx, and Karen serves as the Director of Clinical Support for Support for Families of Children with Disabilities in SF. With a Masters in Community Mental Health, Karen aims to support her community through health and wellness initiatives for both children and adults as well as bringing awareness to the need for more accessible and affordable mental health services. Karen has been as resident of San Mateo County for the past 10 years and currently lives in Daly City. She/They have always had a passion for books and believe that books are a gateway to our heart and soul.
Jill Eisenberg is Vice President of Business Development, Curriculum, and Literacy Strategy at Lee & Low Books, the largest independent children’s book publisher specializing in diversity and multiculturalism. Before joining Lee & Low, Eisenberg was a Fulbright Fellow in Taiwan and then an ELA teacher for third grade in San Jose, CA. Now celebrating 10 years at Lee & Low Books, she oversees strategic partnerships and provides product and literacy expertise to school districts, curriculum developers, and literacy organizations.
Tanya Beat is the director of the San Mateo County Commission on the Status of Women, the LGBTQ Commission, and Domestic Violence Council, as well as works with various county equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. Tanya is passionate about the community, coaching, leadership development, equity, books and libraries! Besides herding cats and relaxing with a book or podcast, Tanya contributes time outside work as a Board member of the Foundation for San Mateo County Libraries and the new Peninsula Book Collaborative.