Staff and Board
Liam Nold, Program Coordinator
Liam (they/he) is excited to join BTP as the program coordinator after completing their JD at Seattle University School of Law. He is involved in various abolitionist projects and queer and trans liberation movements in the Seattle area. They’re passionate about supporting incarcerated people and building solidarity across prison walls to build towards a future without police, jails, and prisons. You can also find him making friends with the neighborhood crows, chatting someone’s ear off about political theory, or romping in the woods with his dogs.
Andy Chan, Phd, President
Andy has been volunteering at BTP since 1994. Andy is motivated by the demonstrable, immediate and long-lasting impact that BTP can have on incarcerated people. Andy is a first-generation immigrant of Asian heritage. In addition to decades of sorting incoming letters, managing communications and staying on top of prison book restrictions, Andy is a long-time member of the BTP Board.
Doug Hathaway, Vice President
Doug was introduced to anti-carceral activism in high school, when he participated in the National Moratorium on Prison Construction with the Unitarian-Universalist Service Committee in 1974. He began volunteering with Books to Prisoners in 2016, seeking a way to support adult learners acquiring skills and knowledge they’d missed as schoolchildren. He recognizes respect for incarcerated people’s right to pilot their own intellectual development by choosing their own reading material as the defining principle of BtP and the national secular free-books-to-prisoners movement it has helped foster.
Richard Bond, Secretary
Richard discovered BTP in 2019, after finding a copy of “Dear Books to Prisoners: Letters from the Incarcerated” in a neighborhood bookshop. A local charity that supported books and reading was simply too much to resist, so he immediately joined up. He quickly found that while the work is its own reward, spending time with the organization’s staff and volunteers is an absolute delight. When not answering letters Richard enjoys spending time with his two teenage sons, playing with computers, and reading incessantly.
Pat Walker, Treasurer
After gaining an encyclopedic knowledge of the authors of thrillers and publishers of urban novels through her work as the program coordinator at Books to Prisoners, Michelle is proud to continue working with such a meaningful organization from afar, continuing to help with our planning and social media despite relocating to the other side of the country. She is a master of library and information science (according to the University of Washington), has an open love for dystopian novels, and makes a party trick of the thickness of her glasses
Kris started volunteering with Books To Prisoners in 1989 when she read that inmates at King County Jail had no books to read and the TV was on 24/7—which sounded like her personal vision of hell. Sending free books to U.S. prisoners is one of the most satisfying projects she has worked on. Kris has helped Books To Prisoners move at least 5 times and is grateful that BTP found our current home. Kris loves the books aspect of Books To Prisoners—picking up large-scale book donations, sorting donated books, shelving books, and finding obscure books for prisoner requests.
Joan has been volunteering with BTP since 2015, and worked as program coordinator from 2019 to 2022. A firm abolitionist, they can also be found working at Left Bank Books and the local harm reduction clinic, or following animal tracks around in the woods.
Alex started volunteering with Books to Prisoners in late 2019 and quickly became invested in this tangible, direct way to support our incarcerated community. She is also on the National Board of Governors for her union and passionate about organizing artists. When not working on board-related duties, Alex is most often found staring lovingly at her dog, cycling, or watching ballet. She completed her paralegal certificate in 2022 and might put it to use one day.