Dave Eggers (2018)

Dave Eggers is an American writer, editor, and publisher.  He is known for the bestselling memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and his more recent work as a novelist and screenwriter.  The founder of McSweeney’s, he has also written You Shall Know Our Velocity, Surviving Justice: America’s Wrongfully Convicted and Exonerated, What is the What, and Zeitoun, to name just a few.  

Eggers helped co-found 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for kids 6-18 years old living in San Francisco.  826 Valencia has grown to several cities in the United States: Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle, Chicago, Ann Arbor, Boston, and Washington D.C., and became known as 826 National. In 2007, Eggers received the Heinz Award, which recognizes “extraordinary achievements by individuals.” He gave the award money to 826 National and the Teacher Salary Project.  During 2008, Eggers was selected as a TED Prize recipient.  His TED Prize wish was for community members to personally engage with local public schools. The same year, UTNE Reader named him one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World.” Eggers also launched ScholarMatch to connect donors with students to help with college tuition.