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Craig Newmark

January 2, 2015
Craig Newmark

Born in Morristown, New Jersey, in 1952, internet icon Craig Newmark originally attended Case Western University intending to study physics, but instead got into computers and earned his bachelor’s and master’s in computer science. After working with IBM for 17 years, then GM, Bank of America and Charles Schwab, Newmark created an email distribution list in 1995 in order to publicize arts and technology events for friends in the San Francisco area. In 1996, the list evolved into a web-based service and added additional categories and, twenty years later, craigslist is one of the most popular websites in the world, serving 20 billion pageviews per month in over 70 countries.

In March of 2011, Newmark launched craigconnects, his initiative to link everyone on the planet using social media to bear witness to good efforts and encourage the same behavior in others. Evolving from Newmark’s years of personal involvement with non-profit organizations, craigconnects supports technology and platforms that enhance connectivity, help more people and organizations do good in the world, and improve and ensure media integrity. READ MORE


Stephen B. Seager

October 3, 2014

Stephen Seager, M.D. is one of America’s leading authorities in mental health care and the criminially insane and is a passionate advocate for the reform of the mental health care system in the United States. Originally hailing from Ogden, Utah, Seager grew up in the suburbs of San Francisco. He graduated from the University of California at Davis and received his M.D. degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. After working as an emergency room physician for ten years — an experience that inspired his first two books, Breathe, Little Boy, Breathe and Emergency — Seager returned to residency training for four years and became a board-certified psychiatrist at the age of 38.

After serving as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry for ten years at UCLA Medical School, Seager is currently employed at Napa State Hospital in Napa, California. Inspired by his time at Napa, Seager’s latest book, Behind the Gates of Gomorrah: A Year with the Criminally Insane, was released in September of 2014 by Simon and Schuster. Within its pages, Seager documents the harrowing life of a doctor in the violent, dangerous world of an American forensic mental hospital. READ MORE


Gerard Jones

March 10, 2014

Gerard Jones is well-acquainted with rejection. As the author of Ginny Good, a poignant memoir exploring the lives of four individuals in San Francisco beginning in the 1960s, Jones was turned down by nearly every agent, editor and publisher in the western world, which led him to create, a comprehensive directory of literary and talent agents in the United States and Canada. For over a decade, the site has served as a valuable resource for aspiring authors, and perhaps a bit of a warning as well, advising them that getting a book published is never as easy as one might think.

Originally hailing from Royal Oak, Michigan, ten miles north of Detroit, Jones describes his childhood as “idyllic,” complete with building forts in trees, playing kick-the-can, knocking out streetlights with slingshots, having block parties on Halloween and hanging American flags on the 4th of July. When Jones was in high school, he and his family moved to California, setting into motion the events Jones recounts in his memoir. READ MORE