Morgan Walsh, Co-Founder
Morgan is an actor, writer, entrepreneur and mother of three living in Los Angeles. She has worked in film and television for over 20 years, most recently starring in BET’s Games People Play. She is the co-founder of 10th Avenue Tea, which in 2017 was awarded Most Innovative Product by Expo West. The idea for Open Books emerged in 2014, as Morgan connected with parents supporting LGBTQ+ youth in her community. She believes – and the evidence shows – that exposure to inclusive and uplifting stories helps kids feel more seen and heard, minimizing bullying and fostering a better learning environment.
Keiko Feldman, Co-Founder
Before starting Juris Productions, a successful documentary production company, Keiko was an Emmy award-winning journalist and news producer. She has spent her professional life telling other people’s stories, and she knows that stories can open minds and change hearts. The stories in the pages of the affirming books Open Books delivers allow young readers to see themselves and love themselves for exactly who they are. Keiko has a non-binary child and a gay son. They serve as her daily inspiration for doing this work.
Jon Brockett is the supervising producer of the Screen Actors Guild Awards and National Director for SAG-AFTRA’s Programming Department. As a child growing up gay in the South – and in the closet – books served as an escape for Jon, who feels LGBTQ+ representation in storytelling has the power to make kids feel less alone.
Matt Walsh is a two-time Emmy-nominated actor and a founding member of the famed national improv-sketch comedy theatre Upright Citizens Brigade. He believes gender creative heroes are good for children of all stripes, proving anyone has the ability to be a hero.
Jennifer Grant is a writer and editor based in Chicago. A lifelong book lover, her own picture books have won multiple awards for excellence in children’s literature. Jennifer believes in the power of story to help birth a world where all people can flourish, where the humanity of all people is dignified and celebrated. She is the mother of four young adult children who are eclectic and vivacious readers as well as challengers to the status quo, each in their own right.