For Sally, growing up in Chicago's Latino enclaves wasn't easy, and basic essentials and meager belongings like books or toys came with difficulty. Her first chance to read aloud and hand pick her favorite childhood book, Corduroy, by Don Freeman came in school when she was just 5 years old; a story about a department store teddy bear that was missing a button on his overalls and longing for a place to call home. Soon after, her love for learning followed. Today, Sally dedicates her time and talents to serve as an advocate for education and forging the next generation of leaders. Sally is excited about the opportunity to serve and contribute to the legacy of 826CHI and support new authors in finding their button. Sally resides in the western suburbs of Chicago but maintains that the city will always own her heart.