Our Founders

Joshua Prager’s new book, 100 YEARS, is a list of literary quotations on every age from birth to one hundred. He is also the author of The Echoing Green, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and Half-Life, which a reviewer for The Economist called “an impressive work of self-scrutiny.” His journalism has appeared in numerous publications, including Vanity Fair, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 2011 and a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Hebrew University in 2012. He has spoken at Google and at TED, and lives in New York where he is writing a book about the case Roe v. Wade.

Ricky Opaterny is a partner at the New York-based technology consulting and investment firm, Hangar, after having served as the general manager at Hattery, a San Francisco-based start-up incubator and events series that was acquired by Google and 1776. He was previously the program manager at TuneIn for news and editorial content. Before that he worked for Google, a search engine-type concern, where he was the executive producer of @Google, the company’s online series of talks, lectures, conversations, and concerts, which have been watched over 60 million times. He also launched Google’s initiative to provide free advertising and education in online marketing to businesses in the developing world. He attended UC Berkeley, where he studied modern American literature, and NYU’s Stern School of Business, where he was an InSITE Fellow.

Julia Glass is the author of the novels And the Dark Sacred Night, The Widower’s Tale, The Whole World Over, and the National Book Award–winning Three Junes, as well as the Kindle Single “Chairs in the Rafters.” Her third book, I See You Everywhere, a collection of linked stories, won the 2009 SUNY John Gardner Fiction Award. She has also won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She has taught for more than ten years at the Fine Arts Work Center’s Summer Program and was recently appointed a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emerson College. Julia lives with her family in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Our Staff

Camille Ives Beck is an experienced events and marketing manager who most recently worked for San Francisco music venues The Chapel and Yoshi’s. This will be her second year directing the operations, fundraising, marketing and program logistics of the month-long Twenty Summers series. She spent many years living and working in Provincetown and Truro, and now lives in Portland, Maine with her husband.