The Kepler’s Literary Foundation enriches the community through literary and cultural programs that feature notable writers, artists, and original thinkers. Carefully curated programs, local, community-based literary and creative writing programs, and outreach to schools deliver intriguing content spanning the widest range of literary and cultural topics. Based in Menlo Park, California, the Kepler's Literary Foundation is a vital channel for exploring new perspectives, initiating conversations, and inspiring the community.

Our Staff

Jean Forstner, Executive Director.  Jean is a community leader with strong experience working with schools and nonprofits, building community partnerships, and producing cultural and literary programs.  Until recently she served as Director of Programming and Operations for the Kepler’s Literary Foundation and previously as head of Community Relations for Kepler’s Books. Before that she served as California State Director to U.S. Senator Alan Cranston.  She is a graduate of Stanford University and enjoys meeting the remarkable thinkers and writers Kepler's Literary Foundation brings to the community.

Andrew Unger, Event Manager.  Andrew manages the Kepler’s Literary Foundation’s programs for the general public. Prior to joining the Kepler's Literary Foundation, he managed the events program at BookCourt, an independent bookstore in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated with a degree in English from Hanover College, also spending a year studying in Istanbul at Bogazici University and in Scotland at St. Andrews University.

Angela Mann, Youth Event Manager.  Angela manages the youth program for the Kepler’s Literary Foundation. She was raised and educated in England. A lifelong bibliophile, Angela worked as an editor for several publishing companies on both sides of the Atlantic, including Kogan Page, Sage Publications, Dale Seymour, Wadsworth, and Addison Wesley. 

Lara Daetz, School Events Coordinator.  Lara manages the Kepler’s Literary Foundation’s school program, connecting outstanding writers and speakers with students in schools throughout our community. She was instrumental in developing our program serving the seven Title I public schools in the Ravenswood School District in East Palo Alto and Belle Haven. Lara moved to the Bay Area from a small farming community to get her undergraduate and graduate degrees.  She then worked in the tech industry in Marketing Education for over a decade.  

Nicole Hughes, Special Projects.  Nicole previously managed the Kepler’s Literary Foundation’s programs for the general public before moving to Bend, Oregon, in early 2016.  After completing an MFA in fiction from San Jose State University, she worked for the Center for Literary Arts at the University.  During her time in San Jose, she also co-founded Play on Words, a collaborative live literary performance. 

Our Board

Patrick Corman is a marketing and communications consultant who advises business leaders, associations, and communities on communications strategy.  Patrick held senior positions at Regis McKenna and Edelman Public Relations before launching his own firm. His client list includes well-known companies, including  Motorola, Verisign, RSA Security, and many others. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a graduate degree in English literature from San Francisco State University.

Anne Dimock is a creative writer and non-profit executive with many years of experience in fundraising and board development. Anne has worked with leading non-profits including SETI Institute, Sempervirens Fund, Kauai Habitat for Humanity, and the Science Museum of Minnesota.  Anne is a talented writer of prose, poetry, and plays.

Dan Gilbert is a high-tech entrepreneur, executive, and investor with many years of experience working with leading U.S. companies, including McKinsey & Company, Andersen Consulting, Palm Inc., Cisco Systems, and Barnes & Noble.  He serves on boards of both nonprofit and for-profit companies, including MIT, Band of Angels Acorn Fund, and QuakeFinder.  He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Praveen Madan is a business executive and social entrepreneur who has worked with well known companies including Microsoft, HP, Adobe Systems, A.T. Kearney, and Trilogy Software.  He has extensive experience in community service through pro-bono work for non-profits including San Francisco Public Press, March of Dimes, and Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network.  He is the CEO of Kepler’s Books, and serves on the boards of Berrett-Koehler Publishers, a mission-based book publisher, and Heyday Publishers, a nonprofit book publisher.  He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and the University of Texas at Austin.

Beth Morgan has been working in and around startups for over 20 years. She is currently COO of Twine, and was an early employee and manager at Digital Impact (now Acxiom Digital). She started the search marketing practice at Red Bricks Media and, as VP of Operations, managed several lines of business. She has been a Kepler's fan for 20 years, and her nightstand has at least 10 books on it at all times.