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 600-800 books for four publishing firms. I currently acquire for Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, in business, economics, and finance. For ten years prior, I specialized in politics, international affairs, history, security and military studies, counterterrorism, and veterans’ issues.
AVID RUNNER and member of Half Fanatics, the Fifty States Half Marathon Club, and Team Red, White, and Blue. Since 2009 I have run 13 marathons, including Boston as a qualifier, and 30 half marathons in a total of 20 states plus Cuba.
ALUMNI LEADER of the Columbia University Club of Chicago, for which I served as Treasurer for three years and arranged, posted, and hosted several social events per year, from happy hours to kayaking to bowling. When the Banana Slugs come to town I show up to welcome them as well.
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.
SERVED as a panelist on author-editor relations for Chicago Women in Publishing.