Board of Directors

Erroll McDonald, Chair

Erroll McDonald, a trustee of PEN America, is a Vice President, Executive Editor in the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group of Penguin Random House. Among the authors he has edited and published are: James Baldwin, Romare Bearden, Italo Calvino, Sandra Cisneros, Stanley Crouch, Friedrich Durenmatt, Marjorie Garber, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Michael R. Gordon, Alan Hollinghurst, Simon Johnson, Kazuo Ishiguro, Margo Jefferson, Randall Kennedy, Klaus Kinski, Laila Lalami, Fran Lebowitz, Arthur Levitt, Daniel E. Lieberman, David Malouf, Wangari Matthai, Timothy Mo, Toni Morrison, Kary Mullis, Albert Murray, Bao Nihn, Ngugi wa Thiongo, Juan Carlos Onetti, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Richard Posner, V.S. Pritchett, Manuel Puig, Salman Rushdie, Luc Sante, President Nicolas Sarkozy, Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, Wole Soyinka, Colm Toibin,  Robert Farris Thompson, and John Edgar Wideman. Erroll McDonald was born in Limon, Costa Rica.  He graduated from Yale College summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with Distinction, and membership in Phi Beta Kappa.  He was for two years a Fellow in the Department of Comparative Literature of the Yale Graduate School. He holds an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He has been a lecturer at Yale and is an adjunct professor at Columbia. He lives in New York City and Goshen, Connecticut.


Wendy Gimbel, Vice-Chair

Wendy Gimbel, a PhD in English Literature, has written about books for The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Nation, Parnassus, Vogue, and Mirabella, among other publications. Gimbel is the author of two books--Edith Wharton: Orphancy and Survival, which is a volume in the Praegar series Landmark Dissertations in Women’s Lives; and Havana Dreams: A Story of Cuba, which examines 20th-century Cuba through the eyes of four generations of women in the same Havana family and was chosen as one of the New York Times Notable Books of 1998. For many years, Gimbel served on the New York Public Library’s Council of Conservators. Currently, she is on the Boards of Parnassus: Poetry in Review, the Cuban Artists Fund, and PEN America.


Celia McGee, Secretary

Celia McGee contributes regularly to The New York Times on books, the arts, and style. She has been publishing columnist for The New York Observer, a media columnist and features writer for the New York Daily News, a books columnist for Town & Country, and an arts editor and contributing writer for New York Magazine. Her writing, including book reviews, publishing reporting and author profiles, has also appeared in The New Yorker, The National Book Review, Bookforum, Wallpaper, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The New Republic, Art in America, ARTnews, and Architectural Digest, among others. She has been a publishing correspondent and book reviewer for National Public Radio. A member of The Century Association, she is a former Board member of The National Book Critics Circle. Raised in Montana and The Netherlands, she holds graduate degrees with distinction in American Studies from Yale University and a B.A. with honors from Harvard in American History and Literature. She lives in Manhattan and Connecticut.


Gabrielle Bamberger

Gabrielle Bamberger heads Gabrielle Bamberger Public Relations, a firm she has run since the late 1960s. She has developed and implemented PR programs and projects for a broad range of clients in the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds, most recently The Glaucoma Foundation, Arts Connection, Helen Keller International, Uniform Law Conference, and the Center for Jewish History. She serves on the Board of East End Hospice. Bamberger is a graduate of Oberlin College. 


Elizabeth Birkelund

Elizabeth Birkelund is the author of two novels, The Dressmaker (Henry Holt, 2006; Picador, 2007) and The Runaway Wife (HarperCollins, 2006). She has worked in book and magazine publishing, has contributed a regular column to Cosmopolitan, and has written for Glamour, Self, Victoria and Working Woman among other publications. She serves on the board of the National Humanities Center in Raleigh, NC, an independent institute for advanced study in the humanities. 


Maria B. Campbell

Maria B. Campbell is the president of Maria B. Campbell Associates, Inc., a New York and London-based scouting company that identifies books to be translated for foreign markets and for adaptation to film and television. Maria B. Campbell Associates currently scouts adult and children's books for a distinguished roster of twenty publishers in Asia, Europe, and Latin America, and for Warner Bros. In addition, Maria Campbell currently serves as the Co-Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Words Without Borders (WWB), an international magazine promoting the world's best writing and authors who are not easily accessible to English-speaking readers.


Mark A. Fowler

Mark Fowler is a partner of Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP, where he represents newspapers, book publishers, magazines, broadcasters, cablecasters, digital media clients, and advertising agencies in defamation, intellectual property, antitrust, and reporters’ rights matters. Formerly a professional editor and writer, he frequently lectures on issues regarding copyright law, the First Amendment, and new legal issues affecting the digital media.  He also blogs about writing and the law at Mark earned his undergraduate degree Brandeis University and his law degree from Columbia University.


Danielle Ganek
Danielle Ganek is an author whose novels (​Lulu Meets God And Doubts Him, The Summer We Read Gatsby​) have been translated into multiple languages. In 2007 she was featured in the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers program. She and her husband, David, live in New York with their three children and three dogs. Together they run the Ganek family foundation and have been actively involved in New York institutions such as New York Presbyterian Hospital, the New York Public Library, the Guggenheim Museum as well as their children’s schools. Danielle sits on the Visiting Committee for the Metropolitan Museum Department of Photographs and the Women’s Board of the Boys Club of New York and serves as Vice President on the Board of Trustees of the Southampton Fresh Air Home, a camp for physically challenged children. She is also on the board of the House of SpeakEasy NYC. She received a BA in English from Franklin and Marshall College. She is currently working on her next novel. 


Nan Graham 

Nan Graham is Publisher and Senior Vice President of Scribner. She has worked in publishing since 1980—for five years at Pantheon Books and for ten years at Viking Penguin where she was the Executive Editor. Since 1994, she has been at Scribner, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. Nan has edited writers of fiction, memoir, sociology, history and psychology—and many of their books have won National Book Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, and other major awards. She has worked on many memoirs, including Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club, Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes, Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle, Alexandra Styron’s Reading My Father, and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Living History. Other non-fiction includes Andrew Solomon’s National Book Award winner, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression and Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Pulitzer Prize winner, The Emperor of All Maladies: a Biography of Cancer. She has published Don Delillo for over twenty years, and brought him to Scribner with his 1997 novel Underworld. She has developed long-time relationships with acclaimed authors such as Annie Proulx, Amy Hempel, Ann Beattie, Kate Walbert and Colm Toibin, and introduced new writers such as Monica Ali, Dana Spiotta, Anthony Doerr, Rachel Kushner, Belinda McKeon, and Miranda July. She has worked with Stephen King for fifteen years. She received her B.A. in English from Yale University in 1977 and an honorary doctorate from Marymount Manhattan College in 1997. Nan is on the board of the International Freedom to Publish Committee, where she served as Chair from 1998 through 2004, and is on the board of the New School Writing Program. She and the novelist Mark Costello have two children.


Kate Medina

Kate Medina is Executive Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Executive Editorial Director of Random House. Ms. Medina has worked with many acclaimed authors, including Katherine Boo, Amy Bloom, Tom Brokow, Emma Cline, E.L. Doctorow, Tracy Kidder, Jon Meacham, Anna Quindlen, Gloria Steinem, Isabel Wilkerson. 

After the death of E.L. Doctorow in 2015, Kate said the following in an interview when asked about her favorite of his works. 

“I guess my personal favorite is The March and also some of his short stories, including a story in All the Time in the World called ‘All the Time in the World.’ This story rearranges your mind about so-called reality, the reality we create, which this story stands on its head, and right from the first paragraph. His first paragraphs in general are to me remarkable. “All the Time in the World” is a story that could have been written by a young modern writer, but then, the language, that first paragraph— it has to be a work of a great and mature artist. I think Ragtime, The Book of Daniel, Billy Bathgate, and The March will endure, and The Waterworks could surprise us.”


Calvert D. Morgan, Jr.

Calvert Morgan is Vice President and Executive Editor at Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. His bestselling and award-winning projects have included Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins, Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Small Backs of Children, Elizabeth Tallent’s Mendocino Fire, Lauren Redniss’s Radioactive, and Stanley Crouch’s Kansas City Lightning. He has also worked with Christopher Bollen, Blake Butler, Rachel B. Glaser, Porochista Khakpour, Tom Piazza, Amber Tamblyn, Simon Van Booy, Robin Wasserman, and Kate Zambreno.


A graduate of Yale University, Cal previously worked at St. Martin’s Press and HarperCollins Publishers, where he was Executive Editor and Editorial Director of Harper Perennial. Cal was the founder and editor of the fiction blog Fifty-Two Stories, where he published new fiction by Colin Barrett, Carolyn Cooke, Amity Gaige, Amelia Gray, Ben Greenman, Lindsay Hunter, Catherine Lacey, Emma Straub, Justin Taylor, Teddy Wayne, and others; he also edited the digital anthology Forty Stories, featuring new work by Elizabeth Crane, Roxane Gay, Mitchell S. Jackson, Scott McClanahan, Jamie Quatro, Jess Walter, Adam Wilson, and more.  


Sara Nelson

Sara Nelson is an American publishing industry figure who is currently Vice President & Executive Editor at Harper. Most recently, she was the editorial director at Nelson is notable for having been editor in chief at the book industry's chief trade publication Publishers Weekly until 2009. After that, she was book editor at Oprah's O Magazine. Her book So Many Books, So Little Time was published in 2003. Her views have been widely reported in numerous publications such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, and she has appeared on television broadcasts including CBS's The Early Show, the Today show, and Good Morning America


Susanna Porter

Susanna Porter is Vice President and Executive Editor in the Random House Publishing Group division of Penguin Random House. Among the bestselling and award-winning books she has acquired and published are novels such as The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, Ill Will by Dan Chaon, Loving Frank by Nancy Horan, and nonfiction works such as The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts, winner of the PEN Award for research nonfiction, Romantic Outlaws by Charlotte Gordon, winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award, Untangled, winner of a Books for a Better Life Award, Citizens of London and Last Hope Island by Lynne Olson and A World On Fire by Amanda Foreman.  She has also worked with Alison Weir, Arundhati Roy, John Burnham Schwartz, Nicholson Baker, Sarah Dunant, A.S. Byatt, Anne Perry and John Gribbin. After receiving a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania, she joined Random House in 1978 in the subsidiary rights department. Spending five years in London in the 1980s she worked for Chatto & Windus and then Hamish Hamilton as rights director. Returning to New York in 1989 she joined Bantam Books as a senior editor, and rejoined Random House as a senior editor in 1991. She is a member of the Century Association, where she is chair of the admissions committee. She and her husband James Clark have two children.


Mary Jo Shen

Mary Jo Shen’s career has included 10 years as manager of a genetics research laboratory at Harvard University and subsequently at Memorial Sloan-Kettering.  More recently, she has authored Paper Piano, an autobiographical one-woman show, which she performed at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in 2017 and 2018.   


Mary Jo and her husband, Ted, are co-executive directors of The Shen Family Foundation, which supports not-for-profit productions of works by exceptionally gifted and original musical theater composers. Since 2002 the Foundation, through The Ted & Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund, has funded more than 30 productions of works by Stephen Sondheim; 20 commissions of new musicals through Signature Theatre (Arlington, VA) and the Public Theater; and more than 60 other musical theater productions by its select group of innovative composers. The Shens have also originated and endowed the Shen Musical Theater Curriculum at Yale University. 


Mary Jo is on the Advisory Board of the Chase Brock Experience, the Brooklyn-based dance company of choreographer Chase Brock, and she has served as the Co-Chair of the Whitney American Fellows, an art council headed by Barbara Haskell, Senior Curator at the Whitney Museum. During 2012 – 2018, while husband Ted served as the Chair of the Yale University Art Gallery Governing Board, Mary Jo played an active liaison role between Board members, donors, curators and staff. 


​Elizabeth (Betsy) Hawes Weinstock​ is an American writer of biography, journalism and creative non-fiction. Her biography-memoir, Camus, A Romance (Grove Press, 2009) chronicles the life of Nobel Prize–winning French-Algerian writer Albert Camus, along with her own experience trying to follow in his footsteps.​ ​It was the subject of both a Center for Fiction event and​ ​a joint PEN/Center for Transformative Lives event at NYU. Betsy is a former staff member at The New Yorker and has contributed essays and reviews to The New York Times ​​Magazine and Book Review and to The Nation. She is married to Davis Weinstock, Chairman Emeritus of Mercury Clark & Weinstock.​ ​They have three children and live in New York City and on Martha's Vineyard.


Dennis Williams​
Dennis Williams is Senior Vice President​, ​Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Corporate Relations for Home Box Office, Inc., responsible for the company’s social impact initiatives and philanthropic strategies. A 20-year HBO veteran, Williams joined the company in November 1997 in Human Resources as an employment recruiter and later worked in Affiliate Sales and Affiliate Marketing. Williams is an advocate for equality in education and LGBT rights and serves on the board for The Fund for Public Schools, Horizons National, and New York’s LGBTQ Community Center. A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Williams holds a B.A. in English from Hamline University.