THE NATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATION ELECTS THREE NEW BOARD MEMBERS
Lucia Ferreira, Managing Director and Head of the Nonprofit Department, Russell Reynolds Associates; Michael Lynton, Chairman of the Board, Snap Inc.; and Michelle Weiner, Head of the Books Department, Creative Artists Agency will begin their first terms
on the Foundation’s Board of Directors
The National Book Foundation announced this afternoon that it has elected three new members to its Board of Directors: Lucia Ferreira, Managing Director and Head of the Nonprofit Department, Russell Reynolds Associates; Michael Lynton, Chairman of the Board, Snap Inc.; and Michelle Weiner, Head of the Books Department, Creative Artists Agency.
“The reach and scope of the National Book Foundation’s work are wider than ever,” said David Steinberger, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Book Foundation. “As we continue to grow the Awards as well as our programs and services, it’s vital that we continue to grow our leadership as well. The experience and perspectives that Lucia, Michael, and Michelle bring to our Board are part of that essential growth, and we are thrilled to welcome them.”
“We could not be more pleased to have Lucia, Michael, and Michelle join our Board,” said Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. “Here at the Foundation, we fully believe that books are not for any one demographic, but for everyone. The wide-ranging expertise of these new members is invaluable to us as we work toward a world of expanded access to literature and a robust culture of reading.”
More information on each of the new National Book Foundation board members can be found below.
Lucia Ferreira is co-head of Russell Reynolds Associates’ Global Development and Impact Investing Practices and conducts Board and senior executive assignments for domestic and international nonprofit organizations with a focus on economic development, social justice, education, and the environment. Lucia is also member of the firm’s Digital Transformation and Leadership and Assessment Practices and has led senior-level projects involving succession planning, Board development, and broad organizational assessments. Lucia has over 20 years of executive recruiting experience and joined Russell Reynolds Associates in 1996. She was previously responsible for assignments in the areas of global banking and markets and private equity and is active in searches that involve innovative funding models that cut across the private and nonprofit sectors.
Lucia was previously based in the Russell Reynolds Associates’ London and Paris offices where she led the firm’s European banking, markets, and private equity practice. She also chaired the firm's Learning and Development Committee, and was a Member of Russell Reynolds Associates' Executive Committee. Prior to executive search, she was in the Corporate Finance Department of Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co., Inc., in New York and London. Lucia received her AB in economics and political science from Yale University and her MBA from Columbia Business School. A dual national of Brazil and the United Kingdom, she is fluent in Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish.
Michael Lynton served as the CEO of Sony Entertainment from April 2012 until February 2017, overseeing Sony’s global entertainment businesses, including Sony Music Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Michael also served as Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment beginning in January 2004. Prior to joining Sony Pictures, he worked for Time Warner and served as CEO of AOL Europe, President of AOL International and President of Time Warner International, and earlier served as Chairman and CEO of Pearson plc's Penguin Group where he oversaw the acquisition of Putnam, Inc.
Michael currently serves on the Board of Snap Inc., IEX, and Ares Management, L.P. He is also a member on the Council on Foreign Relations and the Harvard Board of Overseers and serves on the boards of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Tate, and the Rand Corporation. Michael holds a BA in history and literature from Harvard College, where he also received his MBA.
Michelle Weiner began her career as an attorney at Hamrick and Evans. She joined Creative Artists Agency in 2006. Weiner graduated from Colgate University with a BA in English and political science, and the USC Gould School of Law with a JD. Weiner is based in CAA’s Los Angeles office, and represents many of the world’s leading authors and writers including Pulitzer Prize winners Jeffrey Eugenides (“Middlesex,” “Virgin Suicides,” “The Marriage Plot”), Michael Cunningham (“The Hours”), Matthew Denman (“Evicted”), Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller (ProPublica’s “An Unbelievable Story of Rape”). Some of her recent produced projects and deals include Michael Hastings’ “The Operators,” Robert Edsel’s “The Monuments Men,” Hillary Jordan’s “Mudbound,” Garrard Connolly’s “Boy Erased,” Stephanie Danler’s “Sweetbitter,” Jenny Han: “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” Nathan Hill: “The Nix,” Anand Ghiridharadas: “True American,” and Melissa Fleming: “A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea,” among others.