Janet is the newly named SVP and Editorial Director of National Geographic Books and a highly respected publishing and strategy expert with over 25 years of executive editorial experience at three of the largest New York City publishing houses — Viking Penguin, Broadway Books, and HarperCollins—where she acquired, developed, and helped launch the work of a long list of best-selling authors including David Allen, Harriet Lerner, Barbara Kingsolver, Wayne Dyer, and the Dalai Lama. The Wall Street Journal quoted her work as, “a perfect balance of editorial acumen and marketing savvy.”
Nationally known for her ability to help authors and clients develop, launch, and build idea-driven careers that last, today Janet has worked with writers, experts, and nonprofits to launch their messages to the widest possible audiences in such fields as business, psychology, women’s issues, parenting, education, health, social issues, spirituality, and fiction. She is now expanding her leadership expertise in the areas of photography, illustrated reference, digital development, and mission-aligned and co-branded collaborations.
A frequent speaker on publishing, thought-leadership strategies, and the art of developing great ideas, Janet is the former director of the NYU Summer Publishing Institute and has presented multiple times at the University of Michigan, San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Wealthy Thought Leader conference, and many other venues.
A writer herself, she is the co-author of It’s Not About the Coffee (with former Starbucks president Howard Behar), which has been published in 8 countries. As a side note, Janet was raised in Southern California, educated at Barnard College in New York City, and she brings a bit of West Coast heart to her East Coast experience. She served on the nonprofit boards of the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDCo) in the South Bronx, Shire Village Camp in Western Massachusetts, and the Women’s Media Group in New York City. She is also a former ballet dancer and a current soccer player.