The Team

Andy Ward

Andy Ward has been at Random House since 2009, and before that spent almost fifteen years as an editor in magazines—first at Esquire, and then at GQ. Among the books he has edited are When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss, Passing for Human by Liana Finck, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, Edison by Edmund Morris, and How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue.

Robin Desser

Robin Desser is the Editor in Chief of Random House. She was previously Editorial Director of Alfred A. Knopf, and has been with Penguin Random House for over twenty-five years. She has worked with a wide range of critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors, including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sandra Cisneros, Edwidge Danticat, Kiran Desai, David Guterson, Hope Jahren, Jhumpa Lahiri, Barry Lopez, Valeria Luiselli, Julia Phillips, Arundhati Roy, Salman Rushdie, Jane Smiley, Patti Smith, Cheryl Strayed, Abraham Verghese, and Weike Wang.

Kate Medina

Kate Medina is Executive Vice President, Associate Publisher, Executive Editorial Director at Random House, where she edits nonfiction and fiction. Her nonfiction authors include Katherine Boo, Tom Brokaw, Gail Caldwell, John Dickerson, Jane Fonda, Tracy Kidder, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Margaret MacMillan, Jon Meacham, Sandra Day O’Connor, Connie Schultz, Gloria Steinem, Isabel Wilkerson, and Brenda Wineapple. Her fiction authors include Afia Atakora, Elizabeth Berg, Amy Bloom, Ethan Canin, Emma Cline, E. L. Doctorow, David Ebershoff, Fannie Flagg, Alan Furst, Yiyun Li, Anna Quindlen, Dawn Tripp, and Marisha Pessl. She loves discovering writers who possess a strong voice and have an imaginative, original, and suspenseful way of telling an unusual story, who take us into worlds we may not have understood before.

Avideh Bashirrad

Avideh Bashirrad is SVP, Deputy Publisher. She oversees publishing strategy, title-positioning, and author development for Random House, Dial, Hogarth, and One World, working in tandem with an exceptional team of editors, marketers, and publicists to bring our books to the marketplace.  Previously, Avideh worked in marketing for fifteen years, where she directed campaigns for a range of bestselling authors like Isabel Wilkerson, Laura Hillenbrand, Curtis Sittenfeld, David Mitchell, Charles Duhigg, George Saunders, and Elizabeth Strout.

Tom Perry

Tom Perry is Senior Vice President, Deputy Publisher for nonfiction for Random House and Publisher of The Modern Library. With over thirty years in publishing and twenty-eight with the Random House imprint, he started his career working in publicity, becoming Publicity Director for the Random House Group before moving to the publisher’s office.

Erica Gonzalez

Erica Gonzalez is a Senior Publishing Manager overseeing the Random House, Dial Press, and Hogarth lists. She is also co-chair of Diversity@Random’s Office Culture subcommittee. Erica joined Random House in 2016 as part of the editorial team, providing editorial assistance on books by bestselling authors such as Gloria Steinem, Jon Meacham, Elizabeth Berg, and Julia Baird, among others.

Mika Kasuga

Mika Kasuga (she/her) is the Editorial Manager of The Modern Library, working to honor a more inclusive vision of the canon by celebrating voices that have been historically overlooked. To that end, she curates the Modern Library Torchbearers series, publishing titles such as American Indian Stories by Zitkála-Šá, The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa in its PEN Award–winning translation by Sawako Nakayasu, and There Is Confusion by Jessie Redmon Fauset. Previously she was the Publishing Manager at Random House, overseeing the Random House, Dial, Hogarth, and Modern Library lists. She started her career in editorial at Random House, where she worked with Pope Francis, Salman Rushdie, and Bernard-Henri Lévy, among others.

Emma Caruso

Emma Caruso is an Associate Editor, acquiring books for both the Random House and Dial Press imprints. She loves voicy, upmarket commercial women’s fiction; diverse, subversive romantic comedy; and story-driven narrative nonfiction and popular culture. She published the national bestseller One to Watch, by Kate Stayman-London, and has worked with a number of both debut and acclaimed writers, including Maria Kuznetsova, Manjit Thapp, Jen Silverman, Satya Doyle Byock, and Kate Goldbeck. She has also provided editorial assistance and collaboration with bestselling authors such as Janelle Brown, Torrey Peters, Téa Obreht, Deepa Anappara, Caroline Kepnes, Martha Hall Kelly, as well as the Kurt Vonnegut and Shirley Jackson estates. Before moving into the editorial department, Emma started her career as a publishing assistant at RHPG.

David Ebershoff

David Ebershoff is Vice President and Executive Editor of Hogarth and Random House. He’s edited a wide range of award-winning and bestselling authors, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, history, and biography; a National Book Award in fiction; an Oprah’s Book Club selection; and more than twenty New York Times bestsellers. He’s edited novelists David Mitchell, Adam Johnson, Imbolo Mbue, Gary Shteyngart, Teju Cole, and Norman Mailer, and nonfiction writers Fredrik Logevall, David Kertzer, Diane Keaton, Shirin Ebadi, Naoki Higashida, Jean Stein, and Jane Jacobs. David’s own bestselling books include The Danish Girl, which was adapted into an Oscar-winning film, and The 19th Wife, which was adapted for television.

Ben Greenberg

Ben Greenberg is a Vice President, Executive Editor at Random House, where he edits bestselling and award-winning authors including Jia Tolentino, Hanif Abdurraqib, Ali Wong, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Nussbaum, Charlie Kaufman, Brené Brown, Desus & Mero, Kevin Roose, Benjamin Dreyer, John Lurie, Jon Caramanica, David Milch, Steven Rinella, Bob Odenkirk, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Jen Spyra, and David Lynch. He acquires broadly in nonfiction, occasionally in fiction, with a particular focus on narrative, memoir, pop culture, journalism, humor, music, and big ideas.

Caitlin McKenna

Caitlin McKenna is a Senior Editor at Random House, where she acquires and edits a wide range of literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. The authors she works with include Kelly Link, Teju Cole, Torrey Peters, Lauren Wilkinson, Warsan Shire, and Sara Nović. She was the 2016 recipient of the Ashmead Editorial Award and a 2017 Publishers Weekly Star Watch honoree. She is also a mentor with Representation Matters Mentorship Program and a co-chair of the Random House Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion editorial subcommittee.

Tangela Mitchell

Tangela Mitchell joined Random House as an Editorial Assistant in 2021. She assists Robin Desser and Hilary Redmon, working with authors such as Zoe Chance, Weike Wang, Kathryn Schulz, and Rachel Eliza Griffiths. A writer herself, she is currently pursuing an MFA in writing with a concentration in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. With interests in literary fiction, art and photography, poetry, memoir, essays, music, and pop culture, Tangela is enthralled by diverse, character-driven stories that inspire and uplift, promote new understandings of the human experience, celebrate origin, and experiment with form and tradition on the page. 

Darryl Oliver

Darryl Oliver is an Editorial Assistant at both Random House and the Hogarth Press. He’s worked on the latest books by award-winning and bestselling writers including Gary Shteyngart and Angie Kim, as well as debut authors such as The New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham. He’s interested in history, memoir, politics, literary fiction, historical fiction, and speculative fiction, as he looks toward building a list of his own. He’s especially interested in publishing Black and/or diverse voices and stories. Prior to joining Random House, Darryl was an English teacher and freelance editor while completing his MA in the humanities with an emphasis in history.

Marie Pantojan

Marie Pantojan is a Senior Editor at Random House who acquires across a wide range of serious and narrative nonfiction, and select literary fiction. Across these categories, she looks for stories that are thoughtful, intellectually engaging, and beautifully told. Before joining the imprint in 2019, Marie worked at Liveright/W. W. Norton, which she joined after nearly five years in academia. At Liveright, she published and edited authors such as Kerri K. Greenidge, Yasmine Seale, Cho Nam-joo, Eric Jay Dolin, and others; and worked with authors including Jill Lepore, Max Boot, Richard Rothstein, Jack Davis, and more. At Random House, Marie edits writers such as Daphne Palasi Andreades, Karen Cheung, Joy Buolamwini, Judd Apatow, Osita Nwanevu, and Cristina Rivera Garza. She is a mentor with the Representation Matters Mentorship Program and a member of POC in Publishing. She lives in Queens, New York.

Hilary Redmon

Hilary Redmon is a Vice President, Executive Editor at Random House, where she edits several bestselling and award-winning authors, including Tara Westover, Ed Yong, Merlin Sheldrake,Pamela Colloff, Heidi Schreck,Kate Bowler, Kathryn Schulz, Rachel Swarns, Lauren Redniss, Jennifer Vanderbes, Margalit Fox,Zoe Chance, Kashmir Hill, Ross Andersen, Ferris Jabr, Vann Newkirk II, and Jenny Odell. She focuses on all kinds of nonfiction with a particular focus on science, memoir, history, criticism, investigative journalism, and narrative that brings these subjects together in surprising ways.

Clio Seraphim

Clio Seraphim is an Editor acquiring books for both the Random House and Dial Press imprints in the literary fiction, memoir, and food space. Among her authors are a range of debut and bestselling novelists, including Rachel Joyce, Diane Zinna, Helen Monks Takhar, Harriet Kline, Kate Folk, and Jessie Gaynor. She also works with Olympic runner, actor, and filmmaker Alexi Pappas, private investigator Ellen McGarrahan, poet Olivia Gatwood, and creator of the Instagram sensation That Cheese Plate, Marissa Mullen. In addition to her own list, she has provided editorial assistance and collaboration with bestselling authors such as Ruth Reichl, Gary Shteyngart, Ann Napolitano, Eric Ripert, and Elizabeth Strout. Clio started her career at WME, where she assisted the global head of the books department and worked with authors such as Min Jin Lee, Meg Wolitzer, Caleb Carr, and Judy Blume.

Noa Shapiro

Noa Shapiro is an Assistant Editor at Random House. She is interested in literary and upmarket fiction that explores identity, community and belonging, class, and gender; idea-driven and narrative nonfiction that challenges the way we approach our lives; memoir that examines a particular subculture; and cultural history, pop culture, and wellness books. Noa is always drawn to projects that center international and diaspora stories; classics and their retellings; and Jewish culture, history, and identity. She has worked with debut and award-winning writers, including Kenan Orhan, Pacifique Irankunda, Jhumpa Lahiri, Yelena Baraz, and Catherine Venable Moore. She has also collaborated editorially on books by Isabel Wilkerson, Emma Cline, Andrea Elliott, Anna Quindlen, and Jon Meacham. A graduate of Barnard College, she now lives on the Upper West Side.

Chayenne Skeete

Chayenne Skeete is an Assistant Editor at Random House, where she works with Christian Cooper, Lisa Miller, PhD, LaTonya Yvette, Keisha Bush, Jorge Zepeda Patterson, and Long Litt Woon, among others. Her interests span from intimate and provocative literary fiction and inspirational memoirs to wellness, self-help, spirituality, and other metaphysical topics, with an emphasis on BIPOC voices. She has a special interest in nonfiction that explores the surprising science or psychology of things. A graduate of Columbia University and a Texas native, she now lives in Harlem.

Kaeli Subberwal

Kaeli Subberwal is an Assistant Editor at Random House. With Andy Ward and Ben Greenberg, she has worked with authors such as George Saunders, Ben Rhodes, Hanif Abdurraqib, and Harron Walker. Kaeli is interested in narrative and journalistic nonfiction, nature and science writing, memoir, essays, and humor. She is seeking out stories that amplify diverse or underrepresented voices, that inspire empathy and curiosity about the natural world, and that surprise readers and challenge them to think more complexly. Topics that she always finds intriguing include the outdoors, music, multiculturalism, science, and investigative journalism with a social justice bent.

Molly Turpin

Molly Turpin is a Senior Editor at Random House, where her recent publications include All That She Carried by Tiya Miles, which won the 2021 National Book Award for Nonfiction; Zachary Carter’s The Price of Peace, which was an NBCC finalist and winner of the Sidney Hillman Prize; and Jason Stanley’s acclaimed How Fascism Works. Since first joining little Random as an Editorial Assistant, her list has grown to include celebrated and award-winning authors such as Kathleen Belew, Sam Bloch, Mona Chalabi, Kathleen DuVal, Dave Hage, Robert Kaplan, Thomas Levenson, Victor Luckerson, Josephine Marcotty, and Julia Sweig. She is interested in history that mines the gaps in our understanding of the past and interrogates its impact on the present, investigative and immersive works of journalism, narrative nonfiction, biography, memoirs that lead to new ways of seeing the world, science books that are full of urgency and wonder, essays, graphic nonfiction, and nonfiction that blurs the lines between categories and disciplines.

Andrea Walker

Andrea Walker is Vice President and Executive Editor at Random House, where she edits literary fiction, commercial crossover fiction, narrative nonfiction, and crime/suspense. Writers she has worked with include Judy Blundell, Janelle Brown, Eowyn Ivey, Gytha Lodge, Laura McHugh, Maud Newton, Téa Obreht, Emily Rapp Black, and Susie Steiner. Prior to joining Random House, she worked at Penguin Press; Little, Brown; and The New Yorker.

Mark Warren

Mark Warren is a Vice President, Executive Editor at Random House, where he edits authors such as Kurt Andersen, Nicholas Thompson, Liz Phair, Deborah Copaken, Senator Chris Murphy, Michael Schmidt, Lauren Sandler, Jim Mattis, Sabrina Orah Mark, Sarah Posner, David and Lauren Hogg, Darren Walker, Sofia Ali-Khan, Jay Wellons, Julie Yip-Williams, Gabriel Mac, Joe Keohane, and Keith Corbin. He works on a wide range of nonfiction writing and literary journalism, with a particular focus on memoir, politics, history, character-driven narrative, and immersive reportage.

Jamia Wilson

Jamia Wilson is a Vice President and Executive Editor at Random House. Before joining Random House, Jamia most recently served as Executive Director and Publisher of The Feminist Press at the City University of New York, where she expanded both the scope and the readership of a storied list, achieving greater prominence for the press through books she published that garnered Lambda Literary and PEN Faulkner nominations and Whiting, National Book Critics Circle, and PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel awards. She has also worked at Planned Parenthood in Washington, D.C.; as a VP of Programs at Women’s Media Center; as a Prize Storyteller at TED; and as the Executive Director of Women, Action, and Media. As an adjunct professor at John Jay College, Jamia taught interdisciplinary courses focused on gender and racial justice. Jamia worked on both sides of the desk, authoring several books for both adults and children, including Together We Rise and Young, Gifted, and Black. Jamia is passionate about amplifying diverse voices that capture imaginations and inspire empathy, critical thought, and action. She is interested in narrative nonfiction, issue-based nonfiction, memoir, social justice, pop culture, voice-driven stories, and more.

Illustrations by Lauren Tamaki