Executive Director – Michael Gately

As of January 2020, Michael Gately is the executive director of BIO. His duties include working with the Board and its committees to organize the annual conference and coordinate BIO’s awards and programs. For five years at the Leon Levy Center for Biography, Gately was program director and deputy to the executive director, Gary Giddins. He is now writing a book about Woodrow Wilson and bicycling, and he also works as an administrator at Columbia University. You can email him at

Editor of The Biographer’s Craft – Michael Burgan

headshot14In May 2012, BIO President James McGrath Morris handed over the duties of editor of The Biographer’s Craft to Michael Burgan, an accomplished Young Adult (YA) biographer and historian. He told readers in his blog that he found it “quite gratifying to research all things bio and then write about it for adult readers who share my passion for biographies in particular and reading/writing in general.” You can email him at

Administrator & Membership Coordinator – Lori Izykowski

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Lori Izykowski is BIO’s first paid administrator and membership coordinator. She began supporting BIO in February 2012, when she was with the University of Mary Washington (home to the Great Lives Series). In addition to her part-time work with BIO, Lori works full time as a Project Control Specialist in Stafford, Virginia, for a government contractor, and has another part-time job (Saturdays) in a custom-framing shop.

Izykowski works closely with BIO’s president, committees, and TBC editor Michael Burgan on membership management, support leading up to and at the annual conference, and other program support as needed.

To find new members, Lori relies partly on BIO’s Facebook page, where book reviews and news about biographers appear regularly. But she also depends on leads sent to her by BIO members who know of a candidate who might like to join. So, if you know of a biographer – published or unpublished – please send their contact information to

Copy editor of The Biographer’s Craft – Margaret Moore Booker

Margaret Moore Booker, who lives in Oracle, Arizona (just outside Tucson), is a freelance writer who authors books on art and architecture (now primarily relating to the American Southwest). For the past fifteen years, her “bread and butter” employment has involved copy editing, proofreading, ghost writing, and writing indexes.