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Contact: Marie Lapointe
Phone: 619-269-0438
Email: marie@travelingstories.org

Traveling Stories Welcomes Three New Board Members

(SAN DIEGO, CA. –  July 1st, 2019) — Traveling Stories welcomes new Board members: Michelle Lord, Ned DeWitt and Sarah Sternberg. 

The new board members bring a wide network and wealth of experience that will help Traveling Stories continue to grow and empower more children. 

Lord has an MBA in Finance and Marketing and has negotiated and closed over $6 billion in multifamily debt and equity during her 17-year tenure as SVP of Capital Markets with the Fairfield Residential Company. 

“I sought out Emily and Traveling Stories because I wanted to positively impact children in my community’s future through the enduring empowerment of literacy. I hope to help Traveling Stories grow and improve the future of thousands of children in our community. I am excited to be working with the wonderful team of committed and talented people at Traveling Stories,” said Lord. 

Ned DeWitt, a strategy and management consultant, is a Partner with San Diego Social Venture Partners (SVP). It is through his involvement with SVP that he has provided substantial fundraising counsel to Traveling Stories and has come to love its mission. DeWitt has led a nationwide expansion for a local startup, growing its annual sales from $3M to more than $180M.

“Traveling Stories has a great team doing important work. I love seeing smiles on the faces of kids and volunteers in the StoryTents and I’m looking forward to finding ways to expand our presence in San Diego,” said DeWitt. 

Sarah Sternberg has been a firm supporter of Traveling Stories since 2013 and has recently solidified her contribution by joining the Board of Directors. With an MBA in Sustainable Management, Sternberg transformed a pink slip in the real estate industry to create sustainable fair trade industries employing female entrepreneurs in Rwanda and Uganda. Sarah IS a traveling story herself!

“The impact that Traveling Stories has on kids learning to read is not only inspiring but also so important. Literacy instills confidence and empowers young people to dream big! I’m excited about the opportunities ahead and how we can grow our StoryTents to reach even more kids who want to learn how to read,” said Sternberg.  

Traveling Stories was founded in 2010 by San Diego native Emily Moberly. She was inspired to start the organization after spending one year teaching in Honduras and realizing that her teenage students had grown up without access to books. 

“We are so excited to have Michelle, Ned, and Sarah join our board,” said Moberly. “They’re each passionate about our mission and equipped to help us grow to the next level. It’s an exciting time for Traveling Stories!” 

For more information on the Traveling Stories team and its Board of Directors, please visit travelingstories.org/team

Traveling Stories is a 501(c)3 nonprofit empowering kids to outsmart poverty by falling in love with reading by the 4th grade. To learn more about Traveling Stories and its programs visit travelingstories.org.

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