Planning Committees

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New York Planning Committee

hannah campbell Hannah Campbell (@thishannah) is an Associate Production Editor at Henry Holt & Company. She received a BA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU in 2010, with a focus in literature, creative writing, and semantics. She then earned an MS in education from St. John’s University and taught high school English before starting her career in publishing in 2014. Hannah’s favorite pastime (aside from reading, of course) is singing—with her choir, at karaoke, or just for fun. She also enjoys board games, cooking, making candles, and running (sometimes). She is originally from Michigan and would rather swim in the Great Lakes than the ocean any day.
Headshot - CF Cassandra Fernandez is a Corporate Communications Assistant at Simon & Schuster. A born and bred New Yorker from Washington Heights, Cassandra graduated with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in Literature from The New School in 2013. When not organizing books by color at the office, she’s strolling through city streets with her headphones blaring, enduring the subway system with a book at hand, and/or thinking about her next travel destination.
YPG photo Erin Flaaen is a Corporate Marketing Assistant at Simon & Schuster, working on titles from across all of the adult imprints. She also serves on the editorial board for the backlist book recommendation website, Off the Shelf. Originally from Arizona, she took a leap in 2014 and transferred to Binghamton University, the State University of New York, to complete her BA in English, concentrating in creative writing. When not reading or writing, she can be found baking, eating as many varying cuisines as one can find in North Jersey, and trying to take pictures of her cat with books.
Headshot Andrew Gibeley is an Assistant Publicist at William Morrow and Dey Street Books, imprints of HarperCollins.  He graduated cum laude from Hamilton College in 2016 with honors in Creative Writing and a minor in Theatre. After graduation, he attended the NYU Summer Publishing Institute, which led to his previous role in the Special Markets department at HarperCollins. In his spare time, he enjoys Netflixing, book clubbing, short story writing and editing, and volunteering with the Anti-Violence Project (AVP) in support of LGBTQ safety and awareness.
heather Heather Job (@heather_job) is a Publicity Assistant for Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, working on picture book, middle grade, and YA titles across all imprints. She is also a bookseller at Books of Wonder, and previously interned at Writers House and Pippin Properties. When not reading or talking about books, Heather can be found eating empanadas, petting dogs, and treatin’ herself.
danielle Danielle Kolodkin (@danielle__aimee) is an Associate at the HarperCollins Speakers Bureau, where she negotiates and manages paid speaking engagements for HarperCollins authors. She was previously in special markets sales at HarperCollins. Danielle graduated from Syracuse University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Writing and Rhetoric with a minor in English and Textual Studies.
loan le photo Loan Le (@loanloan) is an editorial assistant at Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books and Keywords Press imprints. Prior to this, she worked at S&S’s Gallery Books and Scout Press imprints. She graduated in 2014 from Fairfield University with a bachelor’s degree in English, concentrating in journalism and creative writing. She is currently pursuing her MFA in fiction writing at Fairfield. She has interned at Folio Literary Management and S&S’s Touchstone imprint. She runs Young to Publishing’s Writing Group and its blog. In her free time Loan likes to eat too much of everything, write in the mornings, binge on psychologically dark Netflix shows, and spend time with her friends.
Kristen cropped Kristen Pecci is a Human Resources Recruiter at Macmillan Publishing Group, where she recruits for all Trade/Shared Services and Group Technology Services open positions. She graduated from Marist College in 2014 with a degree in Business Administration, concentrating in Human Resources and minoring in Fashion Merchandising. Kristen loves working in a creative industry surrounded by those who love what they do and the company they work for. She has a passion for fashion, spending two semesters interning for BCBG MAXAZRIA GROUP in HR while still in college. She loves to travel ever since catching the travel bug while studying abroad in Florence, Italy her junior year in college and is always looking for her next adventure. Kristen loves the New York Yankees, summer, warm weather, spending every free second she can at the beach, and following the latest trends. She is a lipstick junkie; the louder the color the better!
 Raskin Rebecca Raskin (@RJ_Raskin) is an editorial assistant at Kensington Publishing. She graduated from Smith College with a degree in English Language and Literature in 2016. She is also a volunteer for the VIDA Review. When not reading, she can often be found learning new tricks on the aerial hoop or listening to podcasts.
viking-suit-photo Josh Redlich (@JoshuaRedlich) is the Chair of the YPG Planning Committee and a Publicist at Random House Children’s Books, where he works on everything from picture books to YA, with a focus on sci-fi/fantasy. Prior to joining RHCB, he was at Sterling Publishing as an Administrative Assistant and then Marketing & Publicity Coordinator, and he held internships at The Association of American Publishers (AAP), The Overlook Press, Publishers Weekly, and Lippincott Massie McQuilkin Literary Agents. He has served on the YPG Planning Committee since 2014, and as Chair since April 2017. When not hoarding free books at the office, Josh can be found taking full advantage of New York City (which includes, but is not limited to, sneaking into red carpet premieres and working as a background extra on local TV and film), traveling (usually somewhere with castles), and geeking out over Harry Potter.
ypg-headshot Elizabeth Stranahan (@estranahan) is an Editorial Assistant at Crown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, where she works on a wide variety of children’s titles from pretty picture books to blissfully quirky YA. Prior to joining Random House, she earned her M.A. and B.A. in English from Iowa State University while competing as a Division I gymnast before going on to work freelance providing coverage of the US National Gymnastics Team. When not tucked away with a manuscript, Elizabeth enjoys hunting down gazebos and pursuing all things upside-down.
watsonprofile Sharon Watson is a Copyright Assistant at Penguin Random House, where she handles both Adult and Young Reader imprints. Previously, she was a Subsidiary Rights and Permissions Assistant at Taylor & Francis Group. Her outlook on life is “What would Tess McGill do?”

Bay Area Planning Committee

Natalie Nicolson (@natpublicist) is PR Manager for Lonely Planet. Prior to that, she was Publicity Manager for Insight Editions, associate publicist for Seal Press and Avalon Travel, and an intern for Berrett-Koehler Publishers and Publishers Group West. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Literature.

 

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