Roxanne Coady founded R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut in 1989, creating a business that is recognized as a national leader among independent booksellers. The store hosts over 200 author events annually. Over the years, these events have included Presidents, Secretaries of State, Senators, Pulitzer Prize winners and thousands of best-selling authors. Recently, R.J. Julia partnered with BookHampton in East Hampton, NY and Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, respectively, to open, oversee, and manage those unique locations.
In 2009, Ms. Coady founded a personalized book subscription site, Just the Right Book. This site has a national reach and combines the intimacy of an independent bookstore with the digital marketplace, i.e. human algorithm. In addition, Ms. Coady hosts a weekly podcast available on iTunes, Just the Right Book, in which she interviews best-selling authors and people in the bookselling and publishing community.
In 1996, Ms. Coady founded and continues to chair Read to Grow, the largest literacy program in Connecticut. Over the last 18 years, Read to Grow has donated more than 1.7 million children’s books and reaches tens of thousands of at risk households every year through collaborations with other non-profit organizations.
She is currently a board member of The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven and the Connecticut Council on Education Reform. She previously served on the Governor’s Commission on Educational Achievement in 2010 and the Governor’s Early Childhood Research and Policy Council Board, and was a delegate for the White House Conference on Small Business. Ms. Coady was a member of the Board of Directors and chaired the Audit Committee for First Niagara Financial Group.
Prior to her career as a bookseller, Roxanne Coady was National Tax Director and Partner for BDO Seidman, New York. In that capacity, she was Chairman of the Tax Division of the NY Society of CPAs, Chairman of task forces for the American Institute of CPAs and Treasurer and board member of Financial Woman’s Associates.