A Fond Farewell & New Leadership Announcement

Posted October 5, 2021

Dear Members and Allies,

After five years serving as Authors Alliance’s Executive Director, next week is my last week leading the Authors Alliance team. I am thrilled to share that Rachel Brooke, current staff attorney at Authors Alliance, will serve as the organization’s Interim Executive Director.

I couldn’t be more proud of the work Authors Alliance has done since its founding in 2014 to provide an organizational home for authors who write to be read. It has been a privilege to collaborate with the wide range of members, allies, and partners who are working tirelessly to ensure that authors who care about the widespread and long-term availability of their works have a seat at the table in policy debates. In doing so, we have elevated the voices of the community of authors that has otherwise largely been overlooked in national, international, and institutional policymaking, and created a more balanced discourse in the areas where we have intervened.

We have also dedicated ourselves to sharing accurate and approachable guidance to empower authors to make decisions that align with their writing goals. We have built a guide series that provides clarifying information and actionable strategies to help authors make and keep their works available, ensuring that uncertainty does not hamper the sharing of knowledge and creativity.

There are, of course, many opportunities ahead for Authors Alliance to continue to shape law, policy, and practice in ways that align with our members’ interests. I am thrilled that Rachel will lead the organization into this next stage. Rachel’s background as a media attorney and, prior to law school, as a literary agent, make her a superb fit for the role. Rachel’s fresh perspective, ideas, and energy are sure to bring exciting new opportunities for Authors Alliance advocacy and education in the months ahead.

My heartfelt thanks goes to the community of authors, members, advisors, board members, staff, and other allies who support the mission of Authors Alliance and make our work possible. It has been a privilege to work with you.

Brianna Schofield
Executive Director