826NYC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.


Joshua Mandelbaum, Executive Director

Joshua Mandelbaum joined 826NYC in July 2013. He formerly served as executive director of Words without Borders and the advertising director of Poets & Writers Magazine. He was the coeditor and publisher of the now defunct literary magazine Ballyhoo Stories and has published fiction in other now defunct literary magazines.

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Rebecca Darugar, Director of Education

Rebecca Darugar joined the world of out-of-school time education after completing her Master of Arts in Teaching from the USC Rossier School of Education. She has been a part of the 826NYC community since 2013, serving first as the Volunteer & Programs Coordinator and then rejoining the team as the Director of Education. Before entering the field of education, she worked at anti-poverty nonprofits in New York City to help individuals and families enroll in public benefit programs.

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Chris Eckert, Store Manager

Chris joined 826NYC as Store Manager in 2016, after a decade of volunteering in the store, in the education programs, and in the capacity of someone who was willing to blow up 200 balloons or get hit in the head with a steel chair for a student’s film. When he is not managing BSSCo. he tutors, writes, and strives to straddle the fine line between curating and hoarding regarding a personal library. Those are his actual glasses.


Liz Levine, Programs & Volunteer Coordinator

Liz joined 826NYC in August 2014 after graduating with a BA in Writing and Politics. She has served as a tutor and administrator of her college writing center, assisted teachers at local public schools, and taught English in Peru and Thailand. In addition to running the volunteer & intern program and the Park Slope tutoring location for 826NYC, she also harbors dreams of opening her own literature-themed sandwich shop.

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Erin Cass, Development Manager

Erin joined 826NYC in August 2014. She has an MA in Political Science from New York University.

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Sabrina Alli, Writers' Room Coordinator

Sabrina Alli started teaching in 2001, after graduating with a B.A. in English Literature and Women’s Studies. She has taught English to middle schoolers, high schoolers, undergraduates, and adult students pursuing their H.S.E. certificate. She spends her time writing and is finishing an M.F.A in creative nonfiction. She loves to read social theory, writing by middle schoolers, and anything by Jean Rhys. She will be running the 826NYC Writers’ Room at MS 7 and Global Tech Prep in East Harlem.


John Anspach, Development Coordinator

Before coming to 826NYC in August 2015, John studied English, philosophy, and gender studies at Boston College. After college he worked as a tutor at a charter school in Roxbury, MA and then as a publicity intern at a publishing house in New York. John does not know a greater pleasure than falling asleep while reading, and waking up to find the book, such a committed friend, still open on his chest. With the development department, he helps to oversee the membership program, social media, and grant writing.

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Ian Lloyd, Volunteer Associate

Ian Lloyd has worked in the world of education since completing his own at Bard College in 2012, with a degree in History. He then worked extensively as an after-school tutor and as a Middle School math teacher, before finding his happy place behind the scenes of an education nonprofit. As Volunteer Associate, he develops and implements strategies to recruit excellent and invested tutors.


Rose Connelly, Field Trips Coordinator

Rose graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts in Narrative Arts and an affection for matriarchies. Since then, she has worked at a colorful smattering of story-related nonprofits, including StoryCorps, The Moth, and New-York Historical Society. She started volunteering at 826NYC in 2013 and joined staff in August 2016. As Field Trips Programs Coordinator, Rose helps students write heart-racing stories for 826NYC’s legendary, basement-dwelling editor, Ms. Mildew. When not at 826, Rose is a Costumed Interpreter and Educator at the Tenement Museum.


Brancey Mora, After-School Tutoring Programs Coordinator

Brancey Mora first joined 826NYC in 2015 as a volunteer doing field trips and after-school tutoring. Before joining the team in August 2016, she worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA and the Whitney Museum, where she assisted with group visits and programming. Brancey loves reading, drawing, and the strange and unusual. While not running the Williamsburg tutoring location for 826NYC, she also solves mundane crimes and investigates theories of time travel via the G train.



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826NYC is looking for college students and recent grads living in New York City for our internship program. We will rely on interns to assist with day-to-day operations of the writing center and the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. Internships last for an academic semester (September-December, January-May, and June – August). Interns will be required to work at least 15 hours per week.

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