With the Fall semester starting up, we want to welcome all ten new members of the MS in Publishing faculty! Check out their career biographies, while also learning a fun fact about our newest adjunct faculty. They are not only publishing professionals, they are chefs, athletes, and theater enthusiasts, and there's even one Jeopardy! contestant!
September 5, 2023
Meet the New Fall 2023 Faculty!
Frank Albanese (Introduction to Multimedia Financial Analysis) is currently the Senior Vice President of Market Insights and Sales Ops Forecasting at HarperCollins Publishers, where he's worked for the past 29 years. His analytics group provides sales forecasting and reporting which are used for decision making by the supply chain, finance, and sales teams. Frank's team also analyzes major retail, market, and bestseller trends to enhance sales, marketing, and publishing strategies. In addition, he directs the inventory department, keeping track of the available resources and resupplying when inventory gets low.
Fun Fact: Frank plays lacrosse in a tournament every year with his college teammates, and has recently picked up pickleball!
Marisa Cohen (Editing Creative Content) is currently the Deputy Editor in Hearst’s Health Newsroom, where she writes and edits articles for Prevention and Good Housekeeping covering every aspect of women’s health, including reproductive health, COVID, Alzheimer’s disease, nutrition, menopause, and general wellness. In her three-decade career as an award-winning freelance writer, she has covered everything from toilet-training toddlers to the Tony Awards. Marisa has previously worked on staff at Seventeen, ELLE, Glamour, Time Out New York, The Good Life, and Real Simple. Her book about childbirth choices, Deliver This! (Seal Press) is available on Amazon. Marisa earned her BA from Wesleyan University.
Fun Fact: Marisa has seen around 400 Broadway shows, and has kept the Playbill from nearly every one.
Paul Cronin (Introduction to Multimedia Financial Analysis) is the Business Manager for Simon & Schuster, Inc., where he creates and maintains sales budgets for the largest adult and children’s imprints within S&S; prepares reports to update department heads on various aspects of the business; works with editorial to improve their understanding of imprint finances; and interfaces with multiple departments to maintain quality reporting and budgeting for senior management. Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, he was a staff accountant at CCA Industries, Inc. Paul received his BS in Finance and Accounting from Seton Hall University.
Fun Fact: Paul is a talented chef who cooks 10-course dinners for his friend.
Ben Frumin (Introduction to Media) has been Wirecutter’s Editor-in-Chief since January 2019, leading the 120-person editorial team behind the best and most beloved product recommendation service in the country. Prior to Wirecutter, he was the Editor-in-Chief of TheWeek.com for more than six years, building one of the country’s premier digital destinations for sophisticated opinion journalism from across the ideological spectrum. Before Wirecutter and The Week, Ben worked as a senior editor at Talking Points Memo, an adjunct professor at Columbia Journalism School, a magazine writer and editor, and a newspaper reporter. His work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, Reuters, Columbia Journalism Review, the New York Post, and The Forward, and for a time, he regularly wrote book reviews for the Far Eastern Economic Review. Ben has worked as a journalist in New York, Colorado, California, and India. He earned bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia. Ben is married to the journalist Aliyah Frumin and lives in New York with their two children.
Fun Fact: Ben grew up in San Diego and maintains there is no better restaurant on Earth than Roberto's Taco Shop.
Lucia Macro (Niche Markets: Romance) felt that, after graduation, it seemed like a natural choice to go into publishing, and, after many rejections took a job as an editorial assistant at what was then Harper & Row (now HarperCollins). After a long (and enjoyable) stint at Harlequin Books, she arrived at Avon Books to help develop their general fiction and romance lists. Lucia edited and acquired a wide range of bestselling romance as well as contemporary and historical commercial fiction for both the William Morrow and Avon imprints of HarperCollins. She received her BA in English from Fordham University and her MILS from Pratt Institute.
Fun Fact: Lucia appeared on Jeopardy ten years ago and had her photo taken with Alex Trebek.
Hulya Niver (Media Marketing and Branding) is Head of Global Integrated Marketing & Research at Thomson Reuters, where she leads integrated marketing, research and client advertising initiatives for Reuters Professional and News Agency across US, EMEA, and APAC, and drives ROI and impact for leading global marketers by developing best-in-class integrated client solutions powered by data and award-winning journalism. Previously, she was Executive Marketing Director, overseeing the financial services, healthcare and tech verticals across the Meredith portfolio of brands, as well as having held positions at Fast Company at Mansueto Ventures, CNNMoney, FORTUNE, and Money at Time Inc.. Hulya earned her degree from Hofstra University.
Fun Fact: Hulya is an avid traveler and frequently travels to Germany and Turkey to visit family. She enjoys bicycling around Manhattan and Brooklyn and participates in the 5 Boro Bike Tour every year.
Gabriella Page-Fort (Publishing Works in Translation) is an Executive Editor acquiring across the HarperOne Group’s imprints at HarperCollins Publishers. A literary translator from French and Spanish, Gabi is deeply invested in literature in translation. As editorial director of Amazon Crossing, she published New York Times bestsellers by authors from Germany and North Korea and titles longlisted for the PEN Translation Prize, the National Translation Award, and the Best Translated Book Award. Gabi was named Publishers Weekly’s Star Watch superstar in 2017 and has served as a juror for National Endowment for the Arts translation grants and Seattle Civic Poet. She is a board member of Seattle City of Literature, book buyer for Hex Enduction Records & Books, musician, and editor of the Hex Enduction Quarterly. Gabi earned her BA from NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Fun Fact: Gabriella is part-owner of Seattle’s Hex Enduction Records & Books for which she produces the Hex Enduction Quarterly zine.
Yolanda Sangweni (Podcasting: From Development to Launch) is NPR's Vice President of Programming and New Content Development. In this position, she is a key member of the programming leadership team, helping drive NPR's strategy to reach new audiences, including developing new programs and initiatives. Yolanda also serves as the executive sponsor for several podcasts, including Throughline and Code Switch, and acts as programming's senior liaison with the Marketing division. She came to NPR in 2020 from Luminary, where she was responsible for enhancing podcast discovery to users through a variety of methods as the Director of Programming and Editorial. Yolanda also spent nine years working for Essence, where she began as an entertainment editor and eventually became Digital Content Director, leading the company's multi-platform digital content strategy. She prides herself on being part of the core team that brought live events like the Essence Festival and Black Women in Hollywood to life. Yolanda co-created and co-hosted Yes, Girl, Essence's 2x Webby-nominated podcast. She is also the founder of African Women Create, a collective and forthcoming newsletter highlighting African women in the creative arts.
Fun Fact: Yolanda loves a good PBS documentary as much as she loves the Real Housewives franchise.
Manuel Sansigre (Multimedia Financial Analysis II) is Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Global Mergers & Acquisitions, at Penguin Random House (PRH). Prior to joining PRH, he was Senior VP and Head of Global Mergers & Acquisitions. Manuel provides oversight of global financial reporting and analysis, expanding and harmonizing the company’s global financial analytics and KPIs, while continuing to oversee global M&A. He has overseen more than thirty acquisition and divestment transactions within PRH, and has worked on a broad range of projects for PRH shareholders. Manuel joined PRH in September 2015, after working as a financial advisor on the Santillana acquisition on behalf of the company’s corporate Finance and PRH Grupo Editorial teams. From October 2016 to March 2017, he also served as interim Finance & Commercial Director in Beijing for PRH North Asia, where he developed its strategic-growth business plan and helped transform its financial-reporting structure. Fluent in several languages, Manuel worked in IBM’s Global Technology Services and worked in three investment banks across North America, Latin America, and Europe. He holds a JD in Law and Business Administration from the Carlos III University and a Master's in Advanced Finance from I.E. Business School. Manuel also has a Master of Science in Business Analytics from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Fun Fact: Manuel's favorite recreational hobby is salsa dancing.
Molly Waxman (Introduction to Marketing and Branding) is the Executive Director of Marketing for the Adult Fiction imprints at Sourcebooks. Prior to joining Sourcebooks, she spent more than a decade at HarperCollins at the William Morrow and HarperOne imprints. Before coming to the publishing industry, Molly spent many years as an entertainment publicist and digital marketer.
Fun Fact: Molly is a former high diver.
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