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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: Kristi Switzer
Brewers Publications
Boulder, CO

Secretary: Leigh McDonald

Art Director

University of Arizona Press
Tucson, AZ

Treasurer: Angela Engel
Publisher & Founder

The Collective Book Studio

Oakland, CA


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

David Hetherington

VP - Global Business Development

Books International

Dulles, VA

Joe Biel

Microcosm Publishing
Portland, OR

Curtis Key

VP, Business Development

Books International

Havertown, PA

Helena Brantley

Red Pencil Publicity + Marketing
San Francisco, CA

Marci Monson
Senior Manager, Publicity & Communications
Gibbs Smith Books

Layton, UT

Jane Ferreyra


University of Nebraska Press

Lincoln, NE

Jessica Powers
Catalyst Press
El Paso, TX

Michelle Halket
Central Avenue Publishing

Delta, BC, Canada

Kenechi Uzor

Founder and Publisher

Iskanchi Press

Lehi, UT

Tom Helleberg
Mountaineers Books
Seattle, WA

Ryan T. Shaffer (General Counsel)

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

Leah Hernandez
Young Authors Publishing
Atlanta, GA

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, the PubWest Hall of Fame, and PubWest's Scholarship program 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.

Membership/DEI Committee

Develops membership goals and a plan to achieve these goals. The committee promotes Diversity, Equity and Inclusion best practices within the PubWest organization and among peers in the publishing industry and in related industries, and works to ensure a representative membership and board.

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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