Shirley Yuan

Shirley Yuan is the CEO of City Readers. She is an account manager at AdTheorent, a digital marketing technology company. Shirley graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations.


Beth Brown

Beth is a Producer at R/GA, a digital and interactive ad agency. Prior to joining R/GA, she worked in Marketing for Scholastic, the largest children’s book publishing and distribution company. While there, she realized just how powerful a book can be and developed a passion for helping to get books into kids’ hands. In addition to participating in a number of literacy-related programs while at Scholastic, Beth has previously volunteered as a tutor for elementary school kids and as an English teaching assistant while abroad in Paris.  Beth graduated from Bates College in 2008 with a degree in Political Science and French. She loves reading historical fiction and food blogs, but her favorite stories to read will always be those in the Madeline series.


Justine Chilvers

Justine is an Attorney at Vedder Price and a member of the Global Transportation Finance group in the firm’s New York office. Justine graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a degree in History and French and received her J.D. from Fordham Law School. Her previous volunteer experience includes working at the University City Soup Kitchen, serving as a Inspector of Elections and Judge of Elections in Philadelphia, and participating in various philanthropy initiatives through her sorority. She also writes a New York restaurant and food blog and loves food-related fiction, modern classics, and American poetry.


John Fang

John is a Co-Founder and Partner of Parcrest Advisors, a cross-border M&A investment bank. John graduated from Harvard University with a degree in History and received his M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. John is a Young Lions Conservator at the New York Public Library. He is an avid reader of history and science fiction and is the author of “Lili’s Cookbook,” a bilingual cookbook for those living with stomach cancer.


Michael Franklin

Michael Franklin is a co-founder of Oak Labs, a retail technology start-up. Michael graduated in 2008 from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in History. Michael served on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters and worked with Habitat for Humanity while at Penn. He continues to volunteer in New York, from raising money and running a marathon for cancer research to working with children with special needs. He is a voracious reader of books on history and economics.


Alexandra Gewirtz

Alexandra is a medical student at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a degree in French. Her previous volunteer experience includes working at the Trauma Service at Stamford Hospital as well as in the Department of Autism at Penn. She is now a member of Fred’s Team and helps write medical articles that have been published in various journals. She enjoys reading classics and books on medicine.


Alexa Jones

Alexa graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 with a degree in History, concentrating in Economics.  Her previous volunteer experience includes serving as a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters, Penn Pals, and participating in various philanthropy events through her sorority.  She also organizes philanthropy initiatives through Axiom for its attorneys and HQ members to participate in.  Alexa enjoys historical fiction, memoirs, and, when in the company of her nieces and nephews, the Lucy Cousins’ Maisy series.


Sarah Ingram

Sarah is an Assistant Vice President at Key Banc Capital Markets. Sarah graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a degree in International Relations. Sarah currently serves as a volunteer in the Young Author’s Club at the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City. She enjoys reading about history and speculative fiction.


Adam Lathram

Adam Lathram comes from San Francisco, California. He attended Harvard University, graduating in 2010 with a degree in Psychology and Economics. Adam currently works for the global management consulting firm, Oliver Wyman, where he is a Senior Consultant in the firm’s media practice. He is an avid reader of literary fiction and sci-fi fantasy.


Danielle Perlman

Danielle is an Law Clerk at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Danielle graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in May 2012 and the University of Pennsylvania in 2008, with a degree in History and English. Between college and law school, Danielle worked for New York Legal Assistance Group, a not-for-profit organization that provides free legal services to low-income New Yorkers. She has tutored public school children in West Philadelphia and Southeast D.C., and was a member of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy in law school. She is an avid reader of Victorian literature, historical fiction, and essays.


Edward Styles

Edward Styles is a marketing and brand specialist. A transplant to New York, Edward grew up in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin before moving East to attend Harvard College. After completing his undergraduate studies in history and religion, Edward worked as a merchandiser with teen retailers Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister from 2007-2009. Inspired by the work of his former classmates and impressed by the burgeoning role of China on the world stage, Edward took a position as a volunteer in Hong Kong, where he coordinated English language programming at a vocational school for underprivileged students.


 Nancy Walton

Nancy Walton is a transplant to NYC, originally from Boston. She is a consultant at Bain & Company in NYC working across multiple industries including healthcare and CPG. She received her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2015 and her BA in International Relations from Tufts University in 2009. She loves to read non-fiction and memoirs but her favorite books will always remain those of the Harry Potter series.