ACCOMPLISHED PUBLISHING PROFESSIONAL with a master’s degree in international affairs (national security and Russian studies) from Columbia University. In the past two decades as a Senior Acquisitions Editor, I’ve signed and published roughly 600 books in politics, international affairs, business, economics, and finance, for Praeger, currently an imprint of ABC-CLIO, a reference publisher based in Santa Barbara; Praeger Security International, currently an imprint and database of ABC-CLIO for which I was one of the founding editors in 2005 when it was part of Greenwood Publishing Group; and Potomac Books, currently an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, when it was part of Books International in Washington, DC.
ALUMNI LEADER of the Columbia University Club of Chicago, for which I have served as Treasurer since 2013. Co-founder and co-chair of the Columbia University Club of the Capital Region, New York, currently forming. When the Banana Slugs (UCSC) come to town, I show up to welcome them as well. I have been selected to speak to newly admitted UCSC students and their parents in Chicago and New York City.
VOLUNTEERED for PAWS Chicago and Back on My Feet Chicago, both of which deal with homelessness.
CHAIRED the Woman Extraordinaire Committee of International Women Associates in 2015, putting on a luncheon for 300+ members and guests to honor Karen AbuZayd at the Union League Club of Chicago on October 27 for her work with Syrian refugees as a Commissioner on United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.
JUDGED a student entrepreneurship contest for Columbia University’s Venture Challenge, 2019.
SERVED as a member of the Conservation Commission and Inland Wetlands Agency, a land-use planning board in Oxford, Connecticut, 2002-2003.
AVID RUNNER and marathoner. Since 2009 I have run 15 marathons, including Boston as a qualifier, and 44 half marathons in a total of 27 states plus Cuba. Certified in 2018 by the RRCA as a Level I running coach. Treasurer of my local running club, the Saratoga Stryders.