About SPD - Staff Bios

Andrew Pai, Finance Director,

Andrew Pai joined SPD at the beginning of 2005 as an Administrative Associate in the Business Office before becoming the Business Manager in 2006. In 2004 he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in English.

Prepared at first to be a computer science major, he has a strong background in math and later developed his administrative and publishing knowledge through working for the San Francisco City Hall as a publication assistant. He is currently working on a novel and volunteering at night as an editorial assistant for a grassroots Asian American magazine.

David Isaacson, Operations Director,

David Isaacson is a thirty-year veteran of the book trade. He has owned and managed bookstores and has spent over twenty years on the publishing side of the business. He recently started a small chapbook press to produce short stories, novellas, and poetry. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to Miles and Coltrane and remains adamant in his conviction that the designated hitter has led to the ruination of baseball.

Grant Kerber, Publicity & Marketing Manager,

Grant Kerber joined SPD as the Publicity and Marketing Manager in March of 2021. He brings with him almost a decade of marketing and publicity experience, largely in nonprofit work. In the Bay Area, he has organized and marketed many events, including a reading series as well as a number of free community education programs.

He is also the founder of Jet-Tone Press. In 2019, he co-edited and published Libertines in the Ante-Room of Love, an anthology on punk music. In his spare time, he co-edits The Movement Image, a periodic film journal/YouTube essay series. He holds a degree in Politics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Johnny Hernandez, Customer Service Coordinator,

Johnny, after volunteering in the SPD warehouse, was promoted to a part time position as a warehouse assistant.  In early 2012 he was promoted to the position of customer service associate. He has earned his English BA degree from UC Berkeley (with an emphasis in poetry) and continued to earn his MFA from Mills College. He is a poet, musician and photographer. His first chapbook collection, “U” was kindly produced by Achiote Press with forthcoming work in an anthology project: “Ghost Republic” through Ampersand Press.

Sara Dumanske, Sales & Data Manager,

Sara Dumanske is a Bay Area native who got her BA in Theatre Arts and Creative Writing from Portland State University. Her absolute favorite genre to read is Young Adult Fiction, especially if there is a magical twist, though her own writing is more about the magic that is in real life human connections. When she isn't typing away on a keyboard she is working as a freelance Illustrator under the name PaintedWit, painting desserts, designing stationery, and working on commissions of all sorts.

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