Planning Committees

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New York Planning Committee

hannah campbell Hannah Campbell (@thishannah) is an Assistant Editor at Penguin Young Readers, where she works with the imprints Grosset & Dunlap, Price Stern Sloan, and Cartoon Network Books. She edits chapter books, activity books, and licensed and branded titles. Prior to her work in publishing, she worked as an English teacher with the NYC Department of Education. She received a B.A. from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU in 2010, with a focus in literature, creative writing, and semantics. In 2014 she earned her M.S. in education from St. John’s University. Hannah is an active choral musician, and her love of singing is second only to her love of reading. 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.
Headshot Andrew Gibeley is very excited to be joining YPG! He recently graduated cum laude from Hamilton College with honors in Creative Writing and a minor in Theatre. While at Hamilton, he was also involved in numerous extracurricular organizations, including the school newspaper, literary magazine, and Campus Activities Board, to name a few. After graduation, he attended the intensive NYU Summer Publishing Institute, before beginning his current role as Sales Support Assistant in the Special Markets department at HarperCollins. He also pursued his passion for acting this summer by performing in an original one-act play with fellow Hamilton alumni at an off-Broadway theater as part of the NY Fringe Festival, receiving special recognition as a “Fringe Favorite.” 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.
Mabel profile Mabel Hsu (@helloomabel) is an Assistant Editor for Katherine Tegen Books at HarperCollins Children’s Books. Prior to joining the KT Books team, she worked as a Metadata Assistant at W. W. Norton & Company, Global Product Data Coordinator at HarperCollins, Production Coordinator at Cognella Academic Publishing, and interned at Writers House and SAGE Publications. Mabel graduated from UC San Diego in 2013 with a BA in Political Science – Public Law.
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!
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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