Justin Witt, Founder & Executive Director

Freshman at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, studying Business with a minor in Government & Public Policy. On campus, he is a member of the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars’ Program, and involved with the Student International Business Council, Unleashed Social Ventures, and the Notre Dame IDEA Center. Outside of his studies, he is an entrepreneur with a track record of leading social-impact startups. Furthermore, he is passionate about civic engagement, having recently held an internship at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and volunteered with statewide political campaigns. As an Eagle Scout, Justin is committed to principled and pragmatic leadership in all his endeavors. In his free time, he is an avid reader and traveler, passionate about providing opportunities for young people in his community and beyond.

Khushboo Patel, Communications Director

Sophomore at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, studying Neuroscience and Evolutionary Anthropology. She is a member of the Michigan Synthetic Biology Team, a student docent at the University of Michigan’s Museum of Natural History, and a student researcher studying stress response in the prefrontal cortex. As an avid reader herself, Khushboo understands the value of early intervention and is passionate about the impact Storybox Books has in providing opportunities and promoting literacy for the youth across the country, one child, one book at a time.

Kate Martinez, Development Director

Freshman at Loyola University in Baltimore, MD. She will be studying biochemistry and is planning to get involved in her school and its surrounding community. Kate has loved reading for years and understands the true impact that books can have on a child and their future. Because of this, she is excited to help bring literary materials to children who wouldn’t otherwise have access to them.

Ore James, Outreach Director

Junior attending high school in Texas. Ore is very involved in several school and community organizations. She has served as a staff writer for several online publications in addition to editing her school newspaper, school literary magazine, and the international student journal JOURNYS. She is also an active member of several academic competition teams. As a lover of books and learning, she is very passionate about promoting education and literacy to youth across the globe.

Liberty Acosta,  Bilingual Program Director & Newsletter Coordinator

Senior at The Miami Valley School in Dayton, OH. Outside of school, Liberty has been working with Harvard’s Global Health team to improve the overall health and wellness of Dayton’s community. She is the editor of her school’s newspaper, president of the Diversity Club, a member of GSA & MSA, and a 2018 HERlead Fellow focusing on education for young women.  She volunteers her time to an organization called El Puente where she tutors young Latino students in math and English. She is a liaison for LULAC (League of United Latin American citizens), also for Wright State University’s office of Latino Affairs. Liberty is passionate about working with children and providing equal opportunities within education and beyond to every child.