our Team

 Novelly is creating a reading app for young changemakers that uses compelling and relevant stories as a starting point for dialogue, community and civic action. Our interdisciplinary team of educators, storytellers and organizers are uniquely able to make this app a reality.

 
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Claudia pacheco, co-founder & Director of youth engagement

claudia@novelly.org

Claudia holds a B.A. in Environmental Science from UC Berkeley, where she explored how both the physical and social environment affect health outcomes. For the past 7 years, she has worked in building community resilience to tackle health disparities and in the last 3 years has focused on youth engagement and empowerment. Claudia is excited to continue to create opportunities for youth to be aware of underlying issues in their own communities, think critically about root causes and recognize their own role in challenging them. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Health at the California State University Fullerton.

Anna Gabriella Casalme, Founder & CEO

anna@novelly.org

Anna Gabriella Casalme is dedicated to creating a genuinely youth-driven civic engagement experience. She brings over 5 years of experience at the intersection of child health and well-being, design thinking, and technology. She completed her MSc in Childhood Studies from the University of Edinburgh, where she was a Rotary Maternal and Child Health Scholar and a Saltire Scholar. She received her B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University.

 
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amanda beadlescomb, director of content

amanda@novelly.org

Amanda Beadlescomb is a writer based in LA whose career has spanned the literary, nonprofit, and startup worlds. She received her B.A. in Literature at UC Santa Barbara’s College of Creative Studies, which is also where she developed a passion for feminism and global education. She is excited to be able to combine her love of fiction with her diverse career background in order to help teens find their place as the world’s next changemakers.

Janae Phillips, Director of Curriculum

janae@novelly.org

Janae Phillips is a multimedia storyteller focused on finding the through lines that connect us all. In a decade of work as a trainer and organizer, including five years as the Director of Leadership and Education at the Harry Potter Alliance, she has worked with thousands of the next generation of activists. Janae holds a B.S. in Family Studies and Human Development, concentration in Leadership Studies and Practice, and an M.S. in Educational Technology.

 
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Anna Winham, Director of Communications

winham@novelly.org

Anna Winham's passions always lie in liminal spaces, particularly those that join literature with technology, language with community, and social justice with science. Her honors B.A. in English and Linguistics from Dartmouth College -- where she specialized in gender studies, post-colonial literature, and occasionally occupying the president's office -- prepared her to run a local election campaign with Everytown for Gun Safety, build a direct marketing team at NYG Strategic, and later become the Marketing Director at EdTech startup Biblionasium. At Novelly, she's particularly excited to engage directly with youth over social justice issues via all kinds of social media.

Abhishek Bhaduri, Product consultant

abhishek@novelly.org

Abhishek is an insights professional based Washington D.C. He has a diverse background in consumer research and analytics. Before moving to DC a year ago, he sat on the boards of non profits such as iMentor and Chinese Mutual Aid Association where he worked with teams to implement impact amplifying tech solutions. With a degree in Economics and Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, he's always had a passion for challenges at the intersection of technology and social causes. At Novelly, he's excited to bring to life a product which can drive book worms to engage outside the pages.