• Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Ripple Reads is an initiative of Notley, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to catalyzing people and organizations making positive change in the world. Learn more about Notley here.

The Ripple Reads Advisory Board

Kelli Mason

Kelli Mason is a partner at Notley and the founder of Ripple Reads. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Rice University. Her hope is that Ripple Reads helps launch a generation of kids who understand systemic racism and have the tools to finally dismantle it to create a safer, more just world for everyone. Kelli and her husband live in Austin, Texas, with their two young sons.

Camille Styles

On her award-winning lifestyle site, Camille Styles shares inspired ideas for living a happy and healthy life with hundreds of thousands of readers each month – her work empowers others to "Live Life Like You Mean It.” It was on her own motherhood journey that she became passionate about building a more equitable society for all children. On her journey, she learned that one of the most powerful steps was also the simplest: reading books with her kids sparked conversations about race that will equip them to be changemakers.

Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday is one of the world's foremost thinkers and writers on ancient philosophy and its place in everyday life. He is a sought-after speaker, strategist, and the author of many bestselling books including The Obstacle Is the Way; Ego Is the Enemy; and The Daily Stoic. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and read by over two million people worldwide. He lives outside Austin, Texas, with his wife and two sons. He writes an email each day for DailyDad.com

Maya Payne Smart

Maya Payne Smart is an early literacy advocate who works to increase families’ access to books, authors, and evidence-based reading instruction. She also promotes smart discussion around thoughtfully curated books in order to deepen families’ racial literacy, expand children’s possibilities, and build a more just, connected society. She muses about life, literacy, and literature at MayaSmart.com. Her book, Reading for Our Lives: Why Early Literacy Matters and How to Achieve It, is forthcoming from Avery/Penguin Random House.

Amber Acosta

Amber Acosta is a passionate leadership educator and DEI professional working toward social justice and gender equity issues.  Most importantly, she is mom to 3 young children and active in her community.  Originally from El Paso, TX, Amber holds a bachelor's degree in Communication from the University of Texas at El Paso and a master's degree in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University.

Edward Madongorere

Edward Madongorere is the CEO and co-founder of MOON Ultra. Ed is an inventor, entrepreneur, cinematographer, and tech advisor, with a passion for helping others in their journey. After he and his wife vowed to capture and document every moment for their autistic son, the inspiration for MOON was born. As a father of three Black boys, it is essential they are raised to understand their history and culture and learn other cultures and help shape the future for all in a more inclusive and ever diverse world. 

Jen Pinkston

Jen Pinkston is a mom of two daughters, native Austinite and the owner and founder of La Paloma Sleepwear. She knows that teaching kids about current inequalities and social justice isn't just about creating equality for people of color. A world with a diversity of experience, perspective, and culture is a richer, more beautiful world for each and every person.

Alex Winkelman

Alex is mother to one son and mama behind Hello My Tribe, a platform dedicated to the well-being of women and mothers through community and content. Built for the woman committed to taking care of herself, her family, her community, and the world, Hello My Tribe is loved and celebrated by it's thousands of members as authentic, helpful, inspiring, and life-changing. 

Daron K. Roberts

Daron K. Roberts is the author of two books and father of five children. Call An Audible chronicles Daron's pivot from Harvard Law School to the sidelines of the NFL. His second book, A Kids Book About Empathy, is a tool for parents to teach their kids about a skill that is in short supply. Daron is the founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation and serves as a lecturer in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas.