Our Team

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BookTalk is for all the readers looking for themselves in their books and the authors they look up to. We’re creating a community and a safe space that I myself have always looked for and I’m so excited that so many others feel the same way. We’re working so hard every day to capture how special the bookish community truly is and invite you to join us on our journey.

- Azanta Thakur

Founder and CEO

 
 

Senior Management

Founder and CEO 

Azanta Thakur 

@azantareads

Executive Vice President 

Sally Bremer 

@salpalreads

Executive Program Coordinator

Keara Rodriguez

@theboricuabookworm

Executive Program Coordinator

Mara Franzen

Communications

Vice President of Communications

Claire Wallace

@libraryofclaire

Director of Internal Communication

Ruby Baker 

@aretherewitches

Director of External Communication

Samantha Leong

Director of Sponsorship

Lauren Chamberlin 

@dontgobrekkermyheart

Sponsor Specialist 

Claire Schultz

@clairereads_

Development

Vice President of Development

Lujeen Aburawi

@lluuuuuu_

Director of Publicity 

Sumona Rahman

@sum0nareads

Director of Strategy 

Amani Salahudeen

@meetcuteromancebooks

Director of Publicity 

Tasnim Geedi

@groovytas

Tech & Operations

Vice President of Technology

Tatiana Weiner 

@tatisbooks

Website Admin

Claire Schultz

@clairereads_

Admin of Virtual Logistics 

Ashley Frost 

@wickedreads

Finance

Chief Finance Officer

Sammi Chevalier

@sammi_chev

Director of Finance 

Stevie Owen

@stevie.reads

Bookkeeper

Sarah Damian

@mybookfixation 

Events

Vice President of Events

Sami Sanghvi

@samisbookshelf

Director of Events 

Arundhati Chandrasekhar

@irrelevantwaffle

Events Coordinator 

Diany Freire

@diany_in_bookland

Events Coordinator 

Sarina Govindaiah

@sarinagov

Community Engagement

Vice President of Community Engagement

Johanna Burgos 

@johannawithbooks

Director of Community Engagement

Paola Mancera

@guerrerawr

Community Engagement Coordinator 

Caroline Chen

@bookswithcaro

Community Engagement Coordinator 

Emily Russel 

@emilymiahreads

Marketing

Vice President of Marketing

Maya Topiwala

@maya.reads

Assistant VP of Marketing

Ayushi Ray 

@bookwormbullet

Graphic Designer

Sharon Walsh

@sharon_reads

TikTok Specialist 

Morgan Boyd

@sixofhoes

Digital Media Specialist

Basma Heda

@bookishbasma

Editorial Team

Michaela McCarthy

@michadoaboutnothing

Editorial Team

Charlotte Waller

@genyakostyk

Editorial Team

Sophia Chew

@shots_by_sophia

Human Resources

Vice President of HR

Ruth Ann Reason

@raraslibrary

IDEA Team Member
Holly McLaughlin

@the_caffeinatedreader

Vetting Team

Tishni Weerasinghe

IDEA Team Member
Carla Archenoul

@cultofbooks

IDEA Team Member

Coco Omer

@cultofbooks

Vetting Team

Ayman Chaudhary

@aymansbooks

Vetting Team

Sandhya Rottoo

Vetting Team

Jana Taleb