Book Prize Judges

Doug Bauer

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Ana Polanco

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Marcia Cantarella

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Beth Puffer

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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.

Ana M. Polanco

As an international coach, storyteller and cultural facilitator, Ana Mercedes Polanco is passionate about unleashing the ancestral wisdom of Women of Color in leadership. Ana champions other women to clarify their highest calling in life and to navigate the difficult, often traumatic experiences they face at some of the top civil, labor and human rights organizations. In 2013, she left formal movement organizing to begin shaping practices to decolonize how we think about leadership. Emergent Coaching: Becoming Nimble in Complex Times, reflects the depth of coaching Ana and other practitioners are doing. Ana’s academic roots come from American University, the University Of Wisconsin Law School, Coaching for Transformation as well as other women-led cultural, spiritual and political networks. Ana is the daughter of mixed race, indigenous parents from Latin America. When she’s not innovating, Ana is focused on enjoying the outdoors, geeking out about culture, and celebrating life with family and friends. You can read more about Ana’s perspective at IG: coach.ana or

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 a poet, reader, indie coffee shop manager, CBC intern for classroom materials, and he wants to be public school teacher.