Board of Directors

  • Mary Austin

    Co-Founder, Exhibitions Committee Chair

    Mary Austin is Co-Founder and chief financier of San Francisco Center for the book. She is an Artist's book collector and philanthropist with extensive experience in non-profit management, and served as Curator and Assistant Director of the Museum of Printing History in Houston, TX for many years before becoming Director of Explore Print! in San Francisco. Mary is the proprietor of The Underground Press.

  • Kathleen Burch

    Co-Founder, Roadworks Committee Chair

    Kathleen is the Co-Founder of San Francisco Center for the Book. She is the owner of Burch Typografica, a past member of Burning Books Press and a past president of The Book Club of California.

  • Coleen Curry

    Vice Chair

    Coleen is successful in business with her husband, Paul. She attended and holds a diploma from the American Academy of Bookbinding and is a successful design binder. She has worked with Don Glaister as his studio assistant. Coleen is very well acquainted with the leadership and management of the American Academy of Bookbinding and helps to strengthen relations between San Francisco Center for the Book and that organization. She is a past President of the Hand Bookbinders of California.

  • Alan Dye

    Secretary, Governance Committee Chair

    Alan worked for Hewlett-Packard for 12 years in roles including Programmer, Alliances Manager, Product Manager, Divisional Planner, Divisional Marketing Manager for Marketing Communications, Corporate Strategic Business Intelligence. He currently works at CA Technologies as VP of Corporate Intelligence and Corporate Planning. He oversees intelligence work for the board and executive officers and does research to support mergers and acquisitions activities. He is also responsible for research and advisory work to facilitate strategic long term planning for CA (a $5B company).

    Alan started printing letterpress in 2009 and has actively been printing ever since. Noble Impressions is his hobby letterpress shop. He does not print professionally, but has taken a number of printing and binding classes at San Francisco Center for the Book and have certified in both programs. He is a member of Moxon Chappel, American Printing History Association, Hand Bookbinders of California, Fine Press Book Association, American Type Casting Fellowship and Book Club of California.

  • David Faulds

    Development Committee Chair

    David is the Curator of Rare Books and Literary Manuscripts at The Bancroft Library, University of California Berkeley. He previously worked at the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University; the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University; and St Edmund Hall, Oxford University.

  • Wally Jansen

    Finance Committee Vice Chair

    Wally is an active participant at the Center and an avid book collector. He is the head of the Gleeson Library Association at the University of San Francisco, and a member of the Book Club of California where he serves on the library committee.

  • Yiying Lu

  • Meryl Macklin

    Chair, Education Committee Chair

    Meryl has been a business trial lawyer for over 30 years and is currently a litigation partner at Bryan Cave.  She has a particular passion for making things, which has expanded to include bookbinding.   She has taken a number of classes at the Center, which led her to want to expand her involvement with this wonderful organization.  She also loves to read books.

  • Mark Mavroudis

    Mark is a Silicon Valley technology professional with a background in computer imaging and digital printing/publishing. He has held senior and executive roles at large corporations and early stage venture-funded companies in engineering, business development, sales and marketing. He has a passion for books and maps, along with an interest and curiosity in the history of printing and traditional printmaking techniques.

  • Margaret Miller

    Margaret has a MBA from Stanford, was VP of marketing at several Silicon Valley marketing firms, and is now with Cisco. She has been on the San Francisco Center for the Book board since 1998.

  • Joe O'Connor

    Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
  • David Politi

  • Erik Spiekermann

    Erik Spiekermann is an art historian, information architect, type designer and author. Two of his typefaces, FF Meta and ITC Officina, are considered to be modern classics. He founded MetaDesign (1979) and FontShop (1988). He is behind the design of well-know brands such as Audi, Bosch, VW, German Railways and Heidelberg Printing, among others; information systems for Berlin Transit and Düsseldorf Airport and for publications like The Economist. He designed exclusive typefaces for corporations like Deutsche Bahn, Bosch, ZDF (German TV), Cisco, Mozilla and many others.

    Erik is Honorary Professor at the University of the Arts in Bremen and in 2003 received the Gerrit Noordzij Award from the Royal Academy in The Hague. In 2006 he was awarded an honorary doctorship from Pasadena Art Center. He was made an Honorary Royal Designer for Industry by the RSA in Britain in 2007 and Ambassador for the European Year of Creativity and Innovation by the European Union for 2009. In 2011 he received the German National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement as well as the TDC Medal and a Lifetime Award from the German Art Directors Club.
    He has almost 310,000 followers on Twitter and is frequently asked to contribute to books and magazines on topics from visual language to bicycles (he owns 13 of them).

    Spiekermann was managing partner and creative director of Edenspiekermann with offices in Berlin, Amsterdam and San Francisco until June 2014 when he moved from that position to the supervisory board. He now runs an experimental letterpress workshop in Berlin. Erik splits his time between Berlin and San Francisco and often visits London where his son Dylan lives.
    A monograph about Spiekermann’s life and work “Hello, I am Erik” was published by Gestalten Verlag in 2014.