In another hire that will add diversity to its editorial team, Jamia Wilson, previously executive director and publisher of the Feminist Press, has been named v-p and executive editor at Random House effective January 4.
“Since childhood, books have been my lifeline and compass,” says Wilson. “I am delighted to be joining Random House, an imprint that, through the enduring works it has published over its nearly 100-year history, has influenced, and defined, generations.”
Wilson joined the Feminist Press in 2017 and, during her tenure as its executive director and publisher, was credited with using digital strategies and grassroots outreach to expand the scope and the readership of the FP list. Before joining the press, Wilson worked at Planned Parenthood, was v-p of programs at the Women’s Media Center, and was executive director of women, action and media, in addition to teaching, at John Jay College. She is also the author of a series of titles for children, as well as works for adults on political activism.
Commenting on the hire, Random House senior v-p editor in chief Robin Desser said that Wilson “will broaden our group further with her editorial vision.” Desser continued: “Jamia’s creativity, proven ability to innovate, and commitment to writers from culturally diverse communities is matched by the sensitivity of her close editorial work on the page.”