Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Regional Team

IMG_9630_S12Danielle Sunshine, Regional Advisor

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.



Susan Rankin-Pollard, Illustrator Coordinator

SSuephotousan is an illustrator and writer interested in making humorous picture books and chapter books. She’s been an SCBWI member since 2011, but came to this region nearly ten years ago from the Philadelphia area, where she earned her BFA in illustration at Moore College of Art and Design.

Susan loves to draw. And she loves animals. And color, and stories, and animation, and coffee. The word “and” is pretty good, too. Without it, “milk and cookies” is just a shopping list.


Photo of Ana OtaruAna Otaru, Assistant Regional Advisor

Ana Otaru has been a member of SCBWI for a few years and enjoys supporting the organization. She writes picture books, middle grade and young adult. Ana enjoys meeting other writers in the region and loves exploring the Bay Area.




kristi150x150Kristi 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 CenturyAs 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.