Who We Are

Judith Gurewich, Publisher
Judith Gurewich is the publisher of Other Press, a position she has held since 2002. Under her leadership, Other Press has become a highly respected and award-winning publisher of literary fiction and non-fiction, including titles such as Hurry Down Sunshine, The Glass Room, and The Unit. Born in Canada and raised in Belgium, she holds a law degree from Brussels University as well as a master’s of law from Columbia University and a PhD in sociology from Brandeis University. She now resides in Cambridge, MA. Judith is also a Lacanian trained psychoanalyst, practicing part-time. She loves to edit, pitch, cook, walk, and swim.


Jessica bw Jessica Greer, Publicity Director 
By the age of 13, Jessica Greer had lived in St. Louis, Phoenix, Chicago, and Montclair, New Jersey. After graduating with an English Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Jessica muscled her way into the publishing industry where she worked in the Publisher’s office at Ballantine Bantam Dell, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, before making a move to RHPG’s Publicity Department, where she worked as a Publicity Assistant and later, Associate Publicist on an assortment of heavy hitting non-fiction and fiction titles. Literary fiction is her first love, à la The History of Love and The God of Small Things and she’s passionate about generating buzz for the books she loves.


Leah Morse, Publicist
Leah grew up in New Rochelle, New York, where she would often butcher the pronunciation of words because she’d only ever seen them in writing. After graduating summa cum laude from The George Washington University, Leah worked as a paralegal for several years before starting her career in publishing at Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. She joined Other Press in 2017, and is delighted to promote its exceptional books.


Justine Sha, Associate Publicist
Born, raised, and thriving in New Jersey (despite the atrocity that is the NJ Transit), Justine is an avid reader, runner, and world traveler.  She graduated from Seton Hall University with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing, and a Master’s in English Lit. Coming to Other Press from St. Martin’s Press as a publicity assistant, Justine has been lucky enough to have worked on a wide array of genres during internships at Skyhorse, Viking/Penguin, S&S Children’s, Rodale Books, and Macmillan Audio. In her spare time, she dabbles in wine tastings, brie and Prosecco fueled picnics, and jotting down her greatest ideas. She is thrilled to be sharing books she loves with people she thinks will love them too.


Terrie AkersTerrie Akers, Director of Marketing
Terrie is the marketing director at Other Press. She joined the company in 2004 as a publishing assistant, and since then has held positions in publicity, social media management, and digital marketing, dabbling in editorial and design along the way. She’s proud and grateful to be a part of the vibrant indie publishing community, and serves on the steering committee of the Independent Publishers Caucus. She graduated from New York University in what seems like a really, really long time ago with a degree in English lit and creative writing, and is currently trudging her way towards a graduate degree in international studies.


Lauren bw Lauren Shekari, Director of Subsidiary Rights
Born in Texas from a long line of ranchers and outlaws, but having lived in New York City for over ten years, Lauren considers herself a dual citizen. She takes equal pleasure in homemade tamales and absurdly priced artisanal coffee, two-stepping to Willy Nelson and heated discussions about third wave feminism. Prior to joining Other Press, Lauren worked at The Susan Golomb Literary Agency and Bloomsbury Publishing, where her love for travel and books found a perfect union in foreign rights. She feels honored to help connect good books with readers around the world.


Yvonne Yvonne Cárdenas, Production Editor
Born in Connecticut and raised in Florida, Yvonne lived in California’s Central Coast for twelve years before returning East to join Other Press. She began her publishing career as an editor of Spanish-language children’s books, and later earned a master’s degree in Linguistic Anthropology. Among her favorite novels published by Other Press are The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist, I’ll Be Right There by Kyung-sook Shin, and The Other Woman by Therese Bohman. 


Iisha Stevens  Iisha Stevens, Operations Manager
A native New Yorker, Iisha spent seven years in public relations while attending the City College of New York, where she majored in Communications and Literature. She joined Other Press in 2006 and began her apprenticeship in book production. Now, she’s always exhilarated to walk into a bookstore and knowingly admire the physical elements of a well-constructed book. As manager of operations, she’s the one who binds it all together–if Other Press were a book, Iisha would be the spine.


Alex Poreda Alex Poreda, Editor
Born in London, Alex lived overseas—in Istanbul, Hong Kong, Beijing, Dubai, and Burglengenfeld, Germany—before settling down in central New Jersey, and has had incurable wanderlust ever since. After graduating from Amherst College with a double major in English and French, she interned at Europa Editions, and then started as an editorial assistant at Cambridge University Press. Alex joined Other Press in 2016, and is thrilled to be working on international literary fiction and nonfiction.


Liz Gassman Liz Gassman, Editorial Assistant
Born just outside of Philadelphia, Liz later moved to the Hudson Valley to attend Marist College where she studied English and Political Science while also playing volleyball. Before joining Other Press in 2018, she spent time interning at Grove Atlantic and working at Book Culture. Her first literary love is Wuthering Heights, but Liz mostly enjoys reading contemporary fiction or nonfiction focusing on foreign affairs, sports, and music. She is so excited to be a part of the editorial process that transforms a manuscript into a finished book.  


Bill bw Bill Foo, Chief Financial Officer
A native Long Islander, Bill began his accounting career as the Plant Controller of Fleischmann’s Distilling Corp in Plainfield, Illinois. Homesick for New York, he did a short stint at Revlon’s finance department, but changed industries and landed at Random House, where he stayed for the next 19 years. He left Random House in 2002 and joined Other Press to head its financial operations. Bill is interested in reading about the conflict in the Middle East and Asia, and would love someday to help resolve the mess. He is an avid tennis player, and a USTA Team Captain.

Ed Sokolowski, Controller