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About the Board: The PubWest Board varies from 13-16 people, roughly 75% publisher members and 25% associate members (printers, distributors, publicists, etc.). Terms run three years and meetings are 4 times a year: February, May, August, and November. Board meetings last 2 to 4 hours. This is a working board, so board members are asked to serve on a committee, most 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: Miriam Warren
Publications Manager
No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks | California Bill’s Automotive Handbooks
Tucson, AZ

Vice President: Rachel Bell
VP/ Operations / Marketing
Overcup Press, LLC
Portland, OR

Secretary: Rachel Noorda
Director of Book Publishing / Assistant Professor
Ooligan Press
Portland, OR

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

President Emeritus: 
Colleen Dunn Bates
Altadena, CA


Helena Brantley
Red Pencil Publicity + Marketing
San Francisco, CA

Joe Matthews
Chief Executive Officer
IPG/Independent Publishers Group
Chicago, IL


Cevin Bryerman
Publishers Weekly
New York, NY

Leigh McDonald

Art Director

University of Arizona Press
Tucson, AZ

Karen Bullock
Managing Editor
Sounds True
Louisville, CO

Jennifer Newens
Publishing Director
West Margin Press
Berkeley, CA

Leah Hernandez
Young Authors Publishing
Atlanta, GA

Jessica Powers
Catalyst Press
El Paso, TX

Brad Lyons
President and Publisher
Christian Board of Publication/Chalice Press
St. Louis, MO

Jon R. Tandler, Esq. (General Counsel)

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

pubwest committeeS

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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 and the PubWest Hall of Fame and puts forward a recommendation to the Board of Directors for each one. 

Conference Committee
Did you enjoy the PubWest Conference? Have any new ideas for sessions or speakers? Join PubWest's Conference Committee and help plan a future conference! Planning begins each March and we need active committee members who will help determine the session topics and keynote speakers.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee
Promotes DEI best practices within the PubWest organization. Members of this committee are called in to engage in the difficult and rewarding work of driving PubWest to become a diverse, inclusive, anti-racist organization by examining current practices and challenging underlying assumptions. We ask our members to bring this perspective into their other committee work to create meaningful change throughout the organization.

Marketing Committee
This committee is responsible for supporting other committees’ outreach both to current members and to potential new members of PubWest, driving participation in programs, and providing high-quality information about the association. The marketing committee is active year-round.

Membership and Nominating Committee
Develops membership goals, a plan to achieve these goals, and a slate of nominees for the association’s Board of Directors and officers. Committee members also aid in calling for membership renewals, and promote and encourage membership in PubWest among peers in the publishing industry and in related industries.

Professional Development Committee
Plans and hosts regional & online events to bring PubWest members together for collegiality. Committee members help plan gatherings, educational sessions, and happy hours to promote networking. This committee allows members to connect with one another in both casual and professional capacities. The events foster connection and provide opportunities for continuing education in the industry.

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