Who We Are

We are immigrants, 1st-3rd generation Americans, and long-term citizens — all committed to creating a culture of welcoming and belonging.

Executive Director

Kirsten Cappy co-founded I’m Your Neighbor Books in 2012. She brings 20 years of experience using children’s books and the companion tools she creates to increase curiosity, empathy, and cultural competency.

Send Kirsten an email.

“Because books change our perception of ourselves and others, they are unexpectedly powerful anti-racist tools.” —Kirsten Cappy

Board Officers:

Pious Ali

Board Co-President, Co-Founder, City Councilman, Portland Empowered

Maria Testa

Board Co-President, Author, Community Organizer

Kimberly Simmons, Ph.D

Board Vice President, Affiliated Scholar, USM Women and Gender Studies

Abdelaziz Rhazzali

Board Treasurer, Engineer, Elementary Educator

Aldona Shumway

Board Secretary, ELL Educator

Board Members:

Dr. Krista Aronson, Ph.D

Director Diverse BookFinder, Bates College Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty

Jen Boggs

Writer, Researcher, Public Relations, Toderico Creative

Katherine G. Cutko

Co-Founder, Public Librarian, Social Worker

Deqa Dhalac

City Councilwoman, Maine Department of Education

Amy MacDonald

Author, Community Organizer

Audrey Maynard

Co-Founder, Children’s Book Editor and Educator

Founders and Staff:

Delanie Honda

Co-Founder, ELL Educator

Reza Jalali

Co-Founder, Author, Educator, Storyteller

Terry Farish

Co-Founder, Author, New Arrival Literacy Coordinator

Anne Sibley O’Brien

Co-Founder, Author/Illustrator, Diversity Advocate

Antonio Macomber

Web Manager, Bass Player, Community Organizer