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SCBWI Promotes Staff Members

New Responsibilities And Changes Take Effect Immediately


In the wake of the change in leadership, SCBWI takes further steps to refocus its staff through promotions and new responsibilities.

SCBWI executive director Sarah Baker said, “In my letter to the membership last week, I listed empowering staff, improving customer service, streamlining processes, and leveraging strategic partnerships amongst my objectives. I’m thrilled to announce the promotions of five of our staff members in accordance with this objective. Kim Turrisi, Tammy Brown, Sarah Diamond, Avery Silverberg, and Laurie Miller have taken on new and crucial responsibilities and have done so with passion and energy, inspired by the mission of SCBWI and the vibrant community we work for. As I ask more of them, I do so with confidence that they will exceed expectations. I’m so excited for all that our tight-knit team can accomplish together on behalf of the children’s book community.”

Kim Turrisi is now Director, Programming and Content. Turrisi is responsible for programming winter and summer conferences, digital workshops, and special events. She’s editor-in-chief of SCBWI’s yearly publication, The Book: An Essential Guide to Children’s Publishing. Turrisi writes the monthly “Exclusive Interview” column in Insight, showcasing editors and agents as well as compiling SCBWI success stories, developing relationships, and maintaining relationships within the children’s publishing community. 

Tammy Brown is now Director, Marketing and Communication Strategy. Brown directs SCBWI’s marketing, branding, and advertising to members, trade, and consumer press. She also leads the member benefits program, as well as partnerships, and sponsorships for the organization. Brown is responsible for the data analysis of programs and promotions, the website, and member acquisition and retention.

Sarah Diamond is promoted to Senior Manager of Awards and Publications. Diamond oversees SCBWI’s thirty-eight awards and grant programs, developing scholarships and grant opportunities for the kidlit community. They also serve as editor of the Insight newsletter, and manager of PRO Insider, among other publications. 

Avery Silverberg is promoted to Social Media Manager. Silverberg curates and creates content for all of SCBWI’s social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube. She is also the producer of the SCBWI Podcast, and writes social media columns for SCBWI’s publications such as Insight and PRO Insider.

Laurie Miller is promoted to Manager, Events and Special Projects. Miller organizes SCBWI’s winter and summer conferences and webinars. She is also a writer-at-large for SCBW’s publications, maintaining columns in PRO Insider and The Bulletin. She also helms the organization’s benefits for members who self-publish. Miller is Editor-in-Chief of the Essential Guild to Self-Publishing a Children’s Book and the SCBWI liaison with the Alliance of Independent Authors.

Chelsea Hall is a new hire in the position of Administrative Assistant. Hall comes to SCBWI from Universal Television drama development team after administrative stints at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Chronicle Books.

Joshua Smith, Director of Web Development, Database Manager, and Brandon Clarke, Logistics Coordinator continue in their current roles.