Emma Kalff is an oil painter who has been traveling the US and working on farms for the past handful of years. The more she travels, the less she knows. She seems to have left her carefully constructed worldview in Florida and her mortal understanding drifts on the plains. She can almost always be found spending time with a book, a cup of coffee, a farm tool of sorts, or with her lovely easel. She aspires to wake up tomorrow and continue on.
Emma is from a family that immigrated to the US from the Netherlands in the 90’s. Libraries for Liberation was an idea she came up with when her father, Jurriaan Kalff, said he wanted to fund a project in response to the murder of George Floyd. He funded it for as long as he could, and now it’s up to the beautiful people on this list, and the public, to keep it going!
Sandra Soto is a teacher at heart and believes in the power of education to empower communities and transform society. She loves to build bridges, smash silos, and bring people together. Sandra also loves to learn; she has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Boston University and a master’s degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, but finds that her students have taught her more than her classes ever have. Sandra hopes to convey to the world the message that King Azaz and the Mathemagician gave her beloved Milo from The Phantom Tollbooth: “so many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.”
Alisa De Los Santos has always loved to learn and is that person who reads both the assigned and unassigned reading cover to cover. She believes in the power of an author’s voice to leap off the page and demand that the reader change their life and their world. She enjoys organizing people and projects, and simultaneously has been learning about how to control her impulse to manage everything all the time. When she is at her best, she can be found facilitating conversations about education, family and community engagement in schools, and racial justice.
Krisha Algoso wears many hats in the communities she serves. She’s a biologist by training and has contributed to many research projects throughout her undergraduate and graduate career. In addition to her scientific work, she has led advocacy groups for college students with historically underrepresented backgrounds and facilitates empowerment-centered virtual discussions with LGBTQIA+ youth. She also writes poetry, sails dinghies, obsessively raves about Humpback whales at least once a day, and seeks to experience the fullness of life with serendipity, intention, and in community.