Project Lead: GUY LeCHARLES GONZALEZ
Guy LeCharles Gonzalez is an entrepreneurial media and marketing professional with 25 years’ experience in consumer and B2B publishing, and a history of building strong relationships with communities, colleagues and clients. Based in New York, he is the Chief Strategist for Free Verse Media, a strategic marketing consultancy.
His first real job was a Page at Mt. Vernon Public Library which nurtured his love of reading and introduced him to the full spectrum of the publishing industry. Since then, he's been the director, content strategy & audience development for Library Journal & School Library Journal—where he worked on Patron Profiles, SELF-e, and The Digital Shift, among other projects—and was the founding director of programming & business development for Digital Book World. Most recently, he was the publisher and marketing director for Writer’s Digest.
Cliff Guren: FOUNDING Project Lead (2018-2019)
Cliff has worked at the intersection of publishing and technology for over 20 years on products such as HyperCard, MultiMedia ToolBook, Microsoft Encarta, Microsoft Reader, and Microsoft Live Search Books. He has held senior management positions at Apple, Quebecor Printing, and Microsoft. Cliff’s consulting practice (Syntopical) provides strategic planning, project management, and business development support to publishers and technology companies focused on content-driven products and services. Recent clients include Sony DADC, Datalogics, GiantChair, and StoryFit. Cliff holds a BA from Oberlin College and a MFA from Columbia University.