Alumni in the Spotlight | Ana Ban

Ana Ban graduated from the M.S. in Publishing program in 2015. Before moving to the U.S. from Brazil in 2013, she worked as a writer and translator for 12 years handling books published by Neil Gaiman, John Steinbeck, Virginia Woolf, Meg Cabot, and Jack Kerouac. (She also has experience translating graphic novels and magazines like Rolling Stone and National Geographic into Brazilian Portuguese).
Ban moved to New York to pursue a career in publishing when machine translation programs became more readily available. Pace was her destination of choice because of “all the support the whole staff gave [her] – a foreigner moving to the city – during the whole process of application, enrollment, and adapting to the local culture. After graduation, she started working in contracts and rights management at The Experiment, an independent nonfiction publisher. Founded in 2009, it publishes “highly practical” and “straightforwardly narrative” books, as well as works that “ingeniously combine practical information with narrative gusto.” It’s best-known for its vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free cookbooks such as Forks Over Knives and The No Meat Athlete Cookbook.

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Alumni News | Lisa Brandenburg

M.S. in Publishing alumna Lisa Brandenburg has hit a big milestone in her life. Her first book Run has been published by Page Publishing. Here is a short synopsis of the new book:

“Run is a coming of age story about a young woman who is strong yet longs to find someone to sweep her off her feet. Is [Lani] desperate enough to forego her own dreams to live out an expectation of her life, or will she have the courage to choose the path less taken?

You’re invited to follow Lani’s roller coaster journey as you enjoy a front row view into Lani’s excitement for a long, overdue first date and all the anxiety that comes from prepping for the big night. Eventually, you’ll wish you could hold her hand as she questions everything she thought was right in the relationship, cheer her on as she asserts her independence and cringe when Richard shows up to her office unannounced. What will she decide? What would you?” Continue reading “Alumni News | Lisa Brandenburg”

Alumni in the Spotlight | Mauricio Díaz

Mauricio Díaz (’12) is the Art Director of Open Road Integrated Media, a digital media company founded on “breathing life into classic works” by authors like Alice Walker, Jack Kerouac, Joan Didion, and Sherman Alexie – writers whose books were traditionally only available in print. In his position, Díaz designs covers, hires freelance artists and designers, and dreams-up creative concepts for content. Continue reading “Alumni in the Spotlight | Mauricio Díaz”

Alumni in the Spotlight | Ahmed Alali

Ahmed Alali (’15) is an editor of fiction and nonfiction at Rewayat, a company that publishes Arabic and translated novels for young readers and adults in the United Arab Emirates. Rewayat is a subsidiary of the Kalimat Group, the UAE’s “frontrunner in the field of Arabic Literature publishing.” (Kalimat is Arabic for “words”.) Continue reading “Alumni in the Spotlight | Ahmed Alali”

Alumni News

The M.S. in Publishing Program at Pace University has been around for 30 years now, so we have a lot of successful alumni out in the field. As current students gear up to head out into the real world, here are some encouraging and successful stories from our alumni:

Joya Anthony

Now Subsidiary Rights Manager at Chronicle Books and just celebrated 6th anniversary at the company.

Hannah Bennett

Just got a new job as the Acquisitions Editor at Start Publishing.


Michael Duffy

At the end of 2016, promoted to Director of Library Sales for SAGE Publishing (North America).

Lance Tung

Mizuho Americas’ Vice President US Regulatory Reporting.


Sydney Jarrard

Promoted to Content Development Director at the American Booksellers Association on June 1, joining the senior staff.

Awarded the Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellowship from the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College in March, which grants a year of one-on-one mentoring with a professor while writing first young adult novel.

Ivy Jacobson  

Recently promoted to Senior Digital Editor at The Knot.


Ebony LaDelle

Senior Marketing Manager at HarperCollins Children’s Books.


Anne Marie Russo

Recently promoted to Manager of Digital Asset Management at Bain & Company, one of the world’s leading management consulting firms.

Samantha Rosenberg

Currently work as a Senior Content Strategist for Aspen University.

Publishing expertise have made her the go-to for production and delivery of all marketing, communications, and sales content for the entire university.

Stephania Sainato

Recently accepted a position as Audience Development Manager at Motherly, the fastest growing parenting site for millennial moms. She will be leading their social media and growth strategy.

Lauren Smulski

Recently promoted to Associate Editor at Harlequin TEEN in mid-July.

Tarah Theoret

Promoted to Director of Community Engagement, managing the reader communities for both and

Erica Weiman

Recently promoted to Managing Editor at FindaTopDoc, a website dedicated to helping consumers find the right doctors in their area.