Book Prize Judges

Doug Bauer

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Nancy Wackstein

Beth Puffer

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Marcia Cantarella

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Annie E. Minguez Garcia

Paul Krugman

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Nick Rodriguez

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Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice

Doug Bauer (Chair)

Doug Bauer is the executive director of The Clark Foundation, an organization that focuses on helping people out of poverty. He is also executive director of The Scriven and Fernleigh Foundations and Senior Vice President with The Clark Estates, Inc.He has been featured in numerous publications and broadcast media. He co-authored, with Steven Godeke, Philanthropy’s New Passing Gear: Mission Related Investing, A Policy and Implementation Guide for Foundation Trustees. He also is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and the Columbia Business School where he teaches about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Doug is a graduate of Michigan State University.

Marcia Canterella

Marcia Cantarella is the daughter of Civil Rights leader Whitney M. Young, Jr. Formerly a corporate executive, she is the author of I CAN Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide, has been a Dean at Hunter College, and at Princeton University and on the Dean’s staff at NYU’s College of Arts and Science. She co-directs the CUNY Hunter College Black Male Initiative. She works with students, schools and programs around the issue of college success and serves on several boards of directors including READ Alliance and the College of Saint Elizabeth.

Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman is Distinguished Professor in Economics at the Graduate Center of CUNY (City University of New York) and a core faculty member in the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality at CUNY. He is best-known to the general public as Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times. In 2008, Krugman was the sole recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. He is the author or editor of more than 25 books and over 200 articles and a regular contributor on ABC-TV’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos and appears on Charlie Rose, PBS NewsHour, Bloomberg Television, NPR and MSNBC. Krugman’s four recent trade books, End This Depression Now!, The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008, The Conscience of a Liberal and The Great Unraveling became New York Times bestsellers.

Nancy Wackstein

Nancy Wackstein started as Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service in February 2016 following a long career in the New York City nonprofit sector. Ms. Wackstein served from 2002 to 2015 as Executive Director of United Neighborhood Houses of New York, the federation of New York City’s settlement houses and community centers. Prior to UNH, she was the Executive Director of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a Manhattan settlement house, for 11 years. Ms. Wackstein served as Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office on Homelessness and SRO Housing from l990-91 under Mayor David N. Dinkins and was Senior Policy Advisor for Human Services in Manhattan Borough President David Dinkins’ Office from l986-l989

Annie E. Minguez Garcia

Annie E. Minguez Garcia serves as the Director of Government and Community Relations at Good Shepherd Services, a leading city-wide youth and family development agency in New York City that partners with communities in the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn providing supports to over 30,000 children and families.  As the Director, Annie is responsible for collaborating with staff on advocacy efforts and mobilizing around efforts impacting the human services sector throughout the City as well as State. Annie is a lead advocate of the Human Services Council, a steering committee member of the Campaign for Children, the Fostering Youth Success Alliance and the Coalition for Community Schools Excellence and, the coordinator of the Learning to Work Coalition. 

Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize for Social Justice

Beth Puffer

Though trained as a teacher, Beth Puffer fell into bookselling with a holiday job at Brentano’s in 1973 and stayed. Her career of working in and managing bookstores included stints at  Eeyore’s, Brookline Booksmith and Bank Street Bookstore, from which she retired after 25 years. Children’s books continue to be her passion even if they’re no longer her profession.

Nick Rodriguez

Nick Rodriguez is Brookyn-born and raised, and a graduate of the Manhattan High School of Science and SUNY Plattsburgh. He is the CBC’s marketing assistant as well as a poet, reader, indie coffee shop manager, and aspiring public school teacher.