Danielle has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She was SF/South’s Membership Chair and Bookstore Liason from 2015-2017. Danielle writes middle grade historical fiction and picture book biographies. She also teaches ESL at Canada College and holds private writing and literature classes. She is the founder of the MGLunchbreak, a monthly gathering of middle grade writers who read and discuss craft. Danielle holds a BA in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Kristi Wright, Assistant Regional Advisor
Kristi Wright has been a member of SCBWI since 2009. She writes picture books, middle grade and young adult. In the past, she also wrote historical romances and was a Golden Heart finalist three times and winner of the Royal Ascot twice. Her middle grade, futuristic series is The Basker Twins in the 31st Century. As a children’s book author, she has the awesome opportunity to visit numerous elementary schools year after year where she helps students to write humorous adventure stories with a strong point of view and tons of sensory detail. She is the Mentorship Coordinator for the Society of Young Inklings. Through that organization, she takes great pleasure in mentoring young authors. Before focusing on a writer’s life, Kristi worked in high tech, early on as a programmer and most recently in public relations.
Laurel, a middle grade writer, has been a member of SCBWI since 2016. She also volunteers her time to lead a craft-focused book club for writers, and she organizes the local middle school book fair. Her background is in marketing in the software and consumer packaged goods industries, and she currently works as an executive coach, helping senior leaders shift the trajectory of their careers. Laurel holds degrees in Communications and Psychology from Stanford University, and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She lives in Menlo Park with her husband, two children, and a black cat.
Isabella Kung, a member of SCBWI since 2011, is an Illustrator/Author and her work has won the Silver Medal in the Illustration West 56th Competition, finalist in Spectrum 25, featured on the cover of SCBWI Bulletin and won Portfolio Best in Show at the SCBWI 2016 Golden Gate Conference. Isabella has illustrated for Candlewick Press, Committee for Children, P&H Publishing, 826 Valencia, Ladybug Magazine, and her debut Author/Illustrator picture book, NoFuzzball!, comes out in Summer 2020 by Scholastic. Isabella has taught illustration and painting courses at Academy of Art University for over six years and is in the process of building her own online class. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two furry cats.