Board of Directors

  • Mary Austin

    SFCB Founder, Exhibitions Committee Chair

    Mary Austin is a Founder of San Francisco Center for the Book. She is an artist's book collector and philanthropist with extensive experience in non-profit management. She 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

    SFCB Founder, Roadworks Committee Chair

    Kathleen is a 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

    Board 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

    Board 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

    Imprint 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.

  • Yiying Lu

    From the Twitter Whale to Dumpling Emoji, Disney Shanghai Mickey Mouse to Conan O'Brien Pale Whale, Yiying Lu creates iconic designs & brands which transcend the linguistic barriers, unite people and enchant audiences around the world. She is also a sought-after bilingual speaker in both English and Chinese, on topics of cross-cultural design, creativity, and innovation at global conferences such as SXSW, TEDx Palo Alto, Adobe MAX, Web Summit and so on.

    Yiying Lu is an award-winning artist, entrepreneur, educator, and bilingual speaker. She was named a “Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business”, Microsoft's “Top 10 Emerging Leader in Innovation”, and a “Shorty Awards” winner in Design. She has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Fast Company, The Atlantic, NBC News, TIME, Wired Magazine, The Verge, CNN, and BBC.

    She was born in Shanghai China and educated in Sydney Australia & London UK, is currently based in San Francisco. Leveraging her cross-cultural background and experience, she strives to be a bridge between the East & the West. Her life purpose is unifying the dualities between Art & Tech, Business & Culture, Beauty & Meaning, Work & Life.

  • Meryl Macklin

    Board 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.

  • Kirsten Malone

    Development Committee Chair
  • Mark Mavroudis

    Education Committee Chair

    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

    Board Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

    Mr. O’Connor joined Mohawk in 1990 after having spent ten years in the paper distribution and printing industries in New York City. After holding various positions in sales, administration and business development Joe began in 2005 to significantly expand Mohawk’s presence outside North America, into over 60 countries. In 2016, Joe assumed responsibility for Mohawk's business development efforts in the West as SVP Business Development.

  • David Politi

    David leads and manages product design teams at Bay Area startups. He enjoys mentoring designers and in 2016 travelled to Gaza in the Middle East to educate startups on the business value of the design process.

    His obsession with craft and expression drive his endless curiosity in music, art, and print. David's favorite topics include vinyl, foreign policy, and post-WWII visual design. David is originally from Alberta, Canada. His wife is from Willits, home of the roadworks steamroller. 

  • 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.