Jeffrey Lependorf, CLMP's Executive Director, has over twenty years of experience in development, fundraising, corporate sponsorship, and strategic planning. He serves as a "shared executive director" for Small Press Distribution (http://www.spdbooks.org). His past work experience includes Development Director for the Creative Capital Foundation, Bette Midler's New York Restoration Project, the Poetry Society of America, and In the Life Media. He is also a professional musician, active as a composer, a "certified master" of the shakuhachi (traditional Japanese bamboo flute), and serves as Director of Music Omi, an international music residency program in upstate New York. His Masterpieces of Western Music audiocourse is available through Barnes and Noble's "Portable Professor" series.
Director of Programs and Strategic Communications
Julie Buntin, Director of Programs and Strategic Communications, organizes LPC}AWP (CLMP's literary publishers conference at AWP), LWC}NYC (CLMP's literary writers conference at The New School), and coordinates CLMP's programming, publicity, and events at book fairs and venues nationwide. She edits CLMP's quarterly newsletter Fresh Pressed. Julie also directs CLMP's strategic outreach, maintaining a dynamic and engaged social network and online presence to connect members by underscoring what they sharea passion for literary publishing. Her past work experience includes directing the events program at The powerHouse Arena and assistant-coordinating NYU's Undergraduate Creative Writing Program and Reading Series. She's an editor-at-large at Bodega Magazine, a freelance fiction reviewer for Publishers Weekly, and her prose can be found in Explosion-Proof, the Sonora Review (where it won their 2011 Essay Contest), and in a forthcoming issue of One Teen Story.
Director of Membership and Development
Trisha Low, Director of Membership and Development, keeps abreast of CLMP's fundraising; writing grants, planning the annual CLMP Spelling Bee Benefit and maintaining the Friends of CLMP program. She cultivates relationships with member publishers and serves their needs, dispensing advice on fundraising and non-profit issues, emailing the community with quick CLMP tips and running CLMP's NYTAP (The New York State Technical Assistance Program) supported by NYSCA, which provides assistance specifically to the magazines and presses of New York State. Her previous development experience includes time at feminist arts and activism organizations including The Line Campaign and The Feminist Press, as well as DIY grassroots work in Philadelphia’s thriving grrrl punk community. Outside of CLMP, Trisha co-curates the Segue Reading Series and is a working poet engaged in the NYC community. She is the author of The Compleat Purge (Kenning Editions, 2013).
Development Associate/Office Manager
Tasha Sorenson, Membership & Development Associate/Office Manager, handles the daily operations of CLMP while assisting all other aspects of the organization. She fields general queries and offers sound advice. She also co-curates the reading series Periodically Speaking: Literary Magazine Editors Introducing Emerging Writers at the New York Public Library. Before coming to CLMP, she interned at Hanging Loose and earned a BFA from Pratt Institute's Writing for Performance, Publication and Media program. Tasha is a member of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Oregon.
Ira Sher manages the ongoing maintenance and development of CLMP's site and advises on other technical matters. In addition to designing and maintaining numerous websites in the literary community, Ira writes fiction. He has two novels, Gentlemen of Space (Free Press, 2003) and Singer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009), and his stories have appeared in many venues.
Jim Bildner (ex-officio)
New Horizon Partners, LLC
Nicole Dewey (Co-Chair)
Executive Director of Publicity
Little, Brown and Co.
Gerald Howard (Co-Chair)
Constance B. Sayre (Secretary)
Market Partners International
Ellis B. Levine, Esq. (Treasurer)
Partner, Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP
Suzanna de Baca
Vice-President, Affluent and Segment Strategies
Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
Barer Literary LLC
Jessica Stockton Bagnulo
Owner, Greenlight Bookstore
Author / Columbia University Faculty
Contributor, The Daily Beast
Black Issues Book Review
President and Chief Operating Officer
Consortium Book Sales
Sterling Lord Literistic
Editor, Tin House Magazine