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board of directors

About the Board: The PubWest Board varies from 9-16 people, roughly 75% publisher members and 25% associate members (printers, distributors, publicists, etc.). Terms are three years. Two-hour board meetings are held quarterly. This is a working board, so members also serve on a committee, often in a leadership position, lead periodic meetings, and communicate committee work to their fellow board members. Additionally, the board recruits new members to PubWest and helps identify and make introductions to potential sponsors.


President: Amy Barrett-Daffin
C&T Publishing
Concord, CA

Vice President: Joe Biel
Microcosm Publishing
Portland, OR

Secretary: Leigh McDonald

Art Director

University of Arizona Press
Tucson, AZ

Treasurer: David Hetherington

VP - Global Business Development

Books International

Dulles, VA

At Large: Curtis Key

VP, Business Development

Books International

Havertown, PA

At Large: Angela Engel
Publisher & Founder

The Collective Book Studio

Oakland, CA


Jane Ferreyra


University of Nebraska Press

Lincoln, NE

Todd Stocke

SVP, Editorial Director


Naperville, IL

Michelle Halket
Central Avenue Publishing

Delta, BC, Canada

Sidney Thompson
Business Development Manager
Independent Publishers Group (IPG)

Chicago, IL

Tom Helleberg
Mountaineers Books
Seattle, WA

Kenechi Uzor

Founder and Publisher

Iskanchi Press

Lehi, UT

Leah Hernandez
Young Authors Publishing
Atlanta, GA

Lauren Wise

Associate Publisher

She Writes Press and SparkPress

Berkeley, CA

Marci Monson
Senior Manager, Publicity & Communications
Gibbs Smith Books

Layton, UT

Ryan T. Shaffer (General Counsel)

Sherman & Howard L.L.C.
Denver, CO

Jessica Powers
Catalyst Press
El Paso, TX



From Amy Barrett-Daffin, C&T Publishing,

"PubWest has helped move C&T forward in myriad ways. From learning more about the book industry to connecting with vendors and other publishers. Here is a list of what I have gotten: 1. Printers and other vendors that we continue to use. 2. Learned more about the intricacies of working with Amazon, including Amazon StoreFront and all the reports you can get from Amazon that my distributor was not sharing. 3. Edelweiss. 4. Pandemic roundtables: the support from membership during the beginning of the pandemic helped us all figure out how to navigate loans and the payroll protection act. 5. Learning from other publishers about how they are managing their work and applying it to my organization, for example, launching an online learning platform and talking with the person at Sounds True managing their effort, saved me countless hours in research and application. And after meeting Todd from Sourcebooks at a conference, we had a virtual meeting and learned more about using SEO effectively. The list goes on and on. PubWest is a vibrant organization that I rely on every day."

From Marci Monson, Gibbs Smith,

"PubWest is where my publishing journey began. I drove 13 hours through massive blizzards two days after being let go from my first publishing job to find a conference center full of like-minded people who love books, authors, and telling stories to the world."

From Kenechi Uzor, Iskanchi Press,

"PubWest is a great place for publishers to network, compare notes, and stay updated on the best practices in publishing."

From Rachel Bell, Overcup Press,

"PubWest is the essential professional community for book publishers. The members are always eager to support fellow publishers - and supporting the success of the entire book publishing ecosystem."

From Jane Ferreyra, University of Nebraska Press,

"The collegiality of the members is number one! And that the organization has such a wide range of offerings benefits, from things like boot camp to vendor discounts."

From Leigh McDonald, University of Arizona Press,

"PubWest has been an amazing way to build connections with peers and vendor partners. Attending conferences and virtual roundtables has been a deeply valuable way to share insights, resources, and ideas on all aspects of our dynamic and ever-changing business. I am especially grateful for the opportunity to work together to help shape the future of our industry through volunteering on the board and committees. From awards and program planning to building out internship programs and DEI resources, our work brings more voices and experiences to the table and supports both the current and next generation of publishing professionals."

From Michelle Halket, Central Avenue Publishing,

"I have been a member of PubWest for the past five years, and it has played a vital role in running and expanding my press. As a small business with only a few employees, the ability to connect with like-minded individuals in the industry has provided us with a range of opportunities and avenues. Through both the in-person conferences and online round-tables, we exchange ideas, learn new concepts, and gain insights into how fellow publishers are tackling similar challenges. I have acquired new tools at reduced costs and connected with suppliers who have helped make my press more scalable and profitable. I plan to remain a member for as long as I'm in this industry!"

From Leah Hernandez, Young Authors Publishing,

"I love the PubWest community and willingness from other members to share best practices, tips and information on how to be a better publisher."

pubwest committeeS

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Executive Committee

Elected by the board this committee consists of the officers and 1-2 at large board members. Has the powers and authority of the Board of Directors between Board Meetings. Officer terms are two years and can be extended by one year, no individual can hold a single office for more than 3 years.

Education Committee

The Education committee plans education and networking events for all PubWest members. They meet together monthly and break out into the below sub-committees after a group touch base.

  • Boot Camp 2024: Creates the program and lines up speakers, works on pricing and strategy to achieve set goals.
  • Conference 2025: Creates the program and lines up speakers, works on pricing and strategy to achieve set goals. Ensures expenses stay within budget parameters. Supports and balances the needs of the attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors.
  • Professional Development: Plans and hosts online and in person events to bring PubWest members together for education and networking.

Awards Committee

In addition to organizing and improving the Book Design Awards program each year, this committee compiles and vets nominations for the Jack D. Rittenhouse Award, the Innovator Award, and the Scholarship program and puts forward a recommendation to the Board of Directors for each one.

Strategic Plan: Creates PubWest’s long-term goals for approval by the board and sets out a plan to achieve these goals. Looks at how to determine future conference locations and sets clear parameters for the ED team to execute a search.

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