Theodore was moved to support Start Reading Now after reading a Sun Post article. He contacted Start Reading Now to see how he could help. At the time, he was a part of Barnes & Noble's community development team, and he wanted to use his experience in helping schools and arts and literacy groups grow revenue and inspire learning.
His areas of expertise include nonprofit communications, social media strategy, website development, sales and marketing. He is currently a specialty sales representative at The Quarto Group injecting illustrated nonfiction books into specialty retailers. He is the father of two young children, so most of his time is spent reading picture books. Two of his favorites are Ninja Red Riding Hood and The Bossier Baby. In his remaining spare time, he enjoys camping, cycling and writing about fatherhood.
Prior to his MBA from Carlson School, Gong was a research scientist in molecular and cellular biology focused on novel approaches to treat leukemia. He holds a Masters in Public Health from The School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, and a BA in Biology from Knox College. Gong is also a Certified PCA responsible for the care of a disabled individual.
Matt is currently the Administrative Director for Growth & Justice, a non-partisan research and advocacy organization and holds an M.A. in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Public Policy and Communication from the University of Minnesota. Matt solves problems through authentic stakeholder engagement, organizational development, and policy advocacy. He is passionate about improving the way democracy functions and believes cultivating the love of reading and learning is essential.