Sharhonda Bossier has been a member of the Board of Directors of Narrative 4 since 2017. She is the Deputy Director at Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC) and focuses on identifying, equipping, elevating and sustaining talented Black and Latino leaders to thrive in the highest level education roles and lead a more inclusive education reform movement. Prior to joining EdLoC, Sharhonda Bossier worked with Education Cities, a national nonprofit that supports and advises city-based education organizations on their efforts to grow great public schools. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Sharhonda started her career in education as a public school teacher and also brings years of legislative and electoral campaign experience in both volunteer and leadership capacities to her work at Education Leaders of Color.
Meet the team, discover our stories
We’re a global team driven by artists, shaped by educators, and led by students. Before sharing your stories, discover ours.
Sharhonda BossierBoard of Directors Member
Gregory KhalilBoard of Directors Member
Greg Khalil is a founding member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Narrative 4. He is the President and Co-Founder of Telos, which is a key partner of N4. Before founding the Telos Group, Greg lived in Ramallah, the West Bank, where he advised the Palestinian leadership on peace negotiations with Israel. Although Greg was born and raised in San Diego, California, much of his extended family still lives in Beit Sahour, a predominantly Palestinian Christian town near Bethlehem. His work has been published by The Review of Faith & International Affairs and The New York Times. Greg is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and Yale Law School.
Colum McCannBoard of Directors Member
Colum McCann is President and Co-Founder of Narrative 4, which he began to help shape in 2004. He is the author of six novels and three collections of stories. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, has been the recipient of many international honours, including the National Book Award, the International Dublin Impac Prize, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, election to the Irish arts academy, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China, and an Oscar nomination. In 2017 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts. His work has been published in over 40 languages. His most recent novel, Apeirogon was a New York Times bestseller, and winner of several international prizes.
Heather MitchellBoard of Directors Member
Heather Mitchell is a member of the Board of Directors of Narrative 4, and has been affiliated with the organization since 2013. She was born in Montreal and moved to Paris to begin a career in sports marketing, becoming the first female agent of male professional tennis players. After moving to New York to raise a family, she has worked as a literary agent, screenwriter and social justice advocate. She is the founder of SerialLit, a digital publishing venture that connects exemplary storytelling with iconic brands and their communities. She serves as a Director of the Mitchell Institute, a scholarship and support program in Maine for college-bound students.
Gideon SteinBoard of Directors Member
Gideon Stein is the Treasurer of Narrative 4 and has been affiliated with N4 since March of 2015. He serves as the CEO of Write Label and is the President of the Moriah Fund, which is a major donor to N4. Previously, he was founder and CEO of LightSail Education, prior to its sale to an international private equity fund. A leader in the national education landscape, Gideon serves on boards of several nonprofit organizations including New Classrooms, Narrative 4, Chalkbeat and University Prep Public Schools. Prior to LightSail, Gideon co-founded and served as President of Future Is Now Schools, and he was Founder, Chairman, and CEO of the enterprise messaging company Omnipod, Inc. (now a division of Symantec). Gideon has a BA from Wesleyan University.
Zukiswa AllahProgram Manager, N4 Africa
Zukiswa Allah is a daughter, mother, humanitarian, and part of the N4 Africa Team. She started her journey at Artworks for Youth as a mentor and a teacher, assisting in the community. During her time there, the Sister’s Keeper was founded. Zuki’s time there involved empowering and guiding young women in the fight against Gender Based Violence through different campaigns. Meanwhile, she is also a founder and principal at Royal Offerings, a daycare center in South Africa. Zuki has been involved with Narrative 4 for many years, and in 2020, she founded and now manages the organization’s first official Empathy-into-Action project, Trash to Treasure, based on an exchange of trash for groceries.
Evan BarkerSoutheast Regional Manager
Evan Barker is a Southeast Manager of the United States, responsible for TN, KY, WV, VA, NC, and SC. He began his career as an orchestra musician before accidentally becoming a bookseller and then an English teacher, coming to N4 after eight years in the secondary classroom. He believes that language is humanity’s greatest achievement and hopes to spend his whole career propagating the word in the service of understanding and peace. He holds a B.M. in Viola Performance and a B.A. in English from Middle Tennessee State University and a M.A. in Teaching English from the University of Kentucky. He lives in Richmond, Kentucky with his wife and two children.
Felice BelleDirector of Marketing and Communications
Felice Belle consumes and creates stories to make sense of the world and her place in it. As a poet and playwright, she has performed at the Apollo Theater, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, TEDWomen and TEDCity2.0. Her writing has been published in several journals and anthologies including Oral Tradition, Bum Rush the Page, and UnCommon Bonds: Women Reflect on Race and Friendship. Playwriting credits include Other Women, Game On! and It Is Reasonable to Expect. She is a lecturer in the low-residency MFA program at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY and Director of Marketing and Communications for the global nonprofit Narrative 4. Her poetry collection Viscera is forthcoming from Etruscan Press (Spring 2023).
Maru CastañedaOperations Manager, N4 Mexico
Maru Castañeda was born in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She studied Public Relations and holds an M.A. in Science and Multidisciplinary Studies from SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. in Education from la Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas. Community service is a crucial part of Maru’s life. For 25 years, she worked as a Spanish teacher. She strives to help and support anyone who believes that a change is possible in our lives. Maru has been part of Narrative 4 since 2015. Three years ago, Maru successfully implemented the Narrative 4 program in grades K-12 at American School of Tampico (ATS) and advised the school’s N4 Student Ambassadors. Maru loves spending time with her children, Luis Andrés and Valeria, and taking walks with her yorkshire, Lola.
Lisa ConsiglioCEO & Co-Founder
Lisa Consiglio is CEO and Co-Founder of Narrative 4, which she launched in 2013 but began envisioning in 2004. For over thirty years, she has dedicated her career to developing powerful organizations that transform the lives of their clients and constituencies. She has applied her leadership skills – in management, fundraising, marketing and business communications – to a wide web of organizations that is connected by a dedication to humanistic ideals. Deeply committed to a belief in the power of stories, her professional experience spans the arts, education, technology, cancer research, public policy and honoring WWII veterans. She has lived in Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Maryland, Georgia, Washington, DC, France, Hong Kong, Australia, Colorado, Illinois, and is now happily ensconced in New York City.
Frankie CullenAdministrative Assistant
Frankie Cullen graduated Newbury College with a BA in Psychology and spent five years working in education—applying her curiosity for human behavior and love of learning to building impactful relationships with young children. She has a passion for fostering connection and empathy through the arts and can often be found encouraging her students to share their stories through visual, musical, and written expression.
Laura DuffProgramme Assistant, N4 Ireland
Laura is a graduate of UCC Cork and an award winning artist. She was selected as the Paul Clancy Songwriter of the Year at 2015’s Irish Youth Music Awards, and as Circuit Festival’s Music Project Awardee and Arts Council Agility Awardee more recently, in 2021. Following her debut EP, “For Your Company”, she released her sophomore EP, “Heavy Summer” in December 2021, another taste of her own brand of charismatic alternative pop.
Ru FreemanArtists Network Director
Ru Freeman is an award-winning Sri Lankan and American novelist, poet, editor, and critic, whose work appears internationally and in translation including in the UK Guardian, and the New York Times. She is the author of Sleeping Alone: Stories, and the forthcoming collection of essays, Bon Courage, the novels A Disobedient Girl and On Sal Mal Lane, a New York Times Editor’s Choice Book, and the editor of the anthologies, Extraordinary Rendition: (American) Writers on Palestine and Indivisible: Global Leaders on Shared Security. She teaches creative writing worldwide and directs the Artists Network at Narrative 4.
Gautam GangoliChief Operating Officer
Gautam Gangoli believes nothing is impossible, which makes him a perfect fit for the Narrative 4 team. With a proven track record of driving business turn-arounds and leading cross-functional teams through scale-up and transition, Gautam thrives on challenges while empowering teams with a sense of purpose. From multinational corporations to start-ups, Gautam has extensive experience managing businesses globally. He has worked and lived in the UK, China, Thailand, Australia, and India and has spent over 19 years in consumer goods and the tech industry. Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Gautam recently received his second Master’s degree in Leadership and Strategy from the London Business School Sloan Fellow Program. He is a permanent resident of Australia and currently resides in London and Worcestershire, UK.
Rachel GleesonProgramme Officer, N4 Ireland
Rachel Gleeson is N4 Ireland’s Programme Officer and has a keen interest in people in how we interact with each other and how our stories intertwine and have a profound effect on one other. A student of Psychology, she comes from a background of early childhood care and it was in seeing the interactions of these young minds that inspired her to take up her studies in understanding human relationships and behaviours. She believes strongly in the power of human relationships, the power of connection and the sharing of our stories. She has been a member of the N4 Ireland team since 2019. She lives in Limerick, Ireland with her husband and beloved cat Indie.
Lee KeylockDirector of Global Programs
Lee Keylock was the first official hire by N4’s co-founders in 2014, and is currently the Director of Global Programs and Training. Lee leads the professional development strategy and implementation for N4 Educators globally. Originally from Britain, Lee immigrated to the United States in 1989 and taught English at Newtown High School in Connecticut for thirteen years. He has served as an adjunct professor teaching Creative Writing and Composition at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, where he also earned his MFA in Creative Writing.
Margaret LaRaiaLearning Resources Director
Margaret LaRaia is Director of Learning Resources at Narrative 4. A former high school teacher of English, filmmaking, and humanities, Margaret loves being a thought partner to educators and researchers nationally and internationally to develop research-based, student-centered learning models for educational equity. Two essential principles inform her work: 1) no one knows the full scope of another person’s potential so our responsibility is to create the greatest range of possibility for all students, and 2) teaching is a creative, ethical, intellectual profession that deserves to be valued and supported.