Fredric Price, Publisher of Fig Tree Books, founded the company in 2013, having been a CEO of four and chairman of the board of six companies, all of which were entrepreneurial in nature and strategically focused on developing products for highly-defined markets. He is versed in Jewish literature and deeply involved in Jewish activities, including, among other organizations, Sinai and Synapses and Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York. Several of his CEO and chairmanships included companies in Israel, where he provided guidance in creating marketing strategies, developing products, securing financing and negotiating partnerships. He holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Amy Oringel, Editorial Services Manager, has spent the last decade as a freelance writer covering everything from lifestyle to small business to local politics. A contributor to the culture department of The Forward and a contributing editor at Bedford Magazine, Amy’s work has also appeared in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Crain’s New York Business and Self Magazine. She is also currently a reviewer for the Jewish Book Council and previously worked as a bookseller at a thriving independent bookstore in Westchester County. A serial volunteer, Amy has lent her time or served on the boards of the Bedford Free Library, the Foundation for Bedford Central Schools, Neighbor’s Link, Get Out The Vote and her alma mater, Cornell University. She is a member of Bet Torah synagogue in Mount Kisco, New York.
Rachel Tarlow Gul, Partner, Over The River Public Relations, LLC (OTRPR), began her publishing career as a publicity assistant for Ballantine Books soon after graduating from Barnard College. More than 20 years later, she is still passionate about publicity and has become an expert in promoting Jewish authors and books. While at OTRPR, she has helped launch new independent publishers including Three Rooms Press and Mandel Vilar Press and has spearheaded the publicity efforts for their lists. Rachel has also managed major media campaigns for the authors in Nextbook and Schocken’s Jewish Encounters Series, including the acclaimed poet, David Lehman, cultural critic Adam Kirsch and the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, David Mamet. She has worked on a wide variety of genres from mystery/thrillers (Critical Mass by Sara Paretsky) to literary fiction (The American Sun & Moon Moving Picture Company by Jay Neugeboren), historical fiction (I Am Abraham by Jerome Charyn), women’s fiction (Beach Plum Island and Haven Lake by Holly Robinson), cookbooks (Helen Nash’s New Kosher Cuisine) and nonfiction (Sala’s Gift and Lady at the OK Corral by Ann Kirschner). She is a member of Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood, New Jersey.
Betsy Dunne, Production Project Manager, has worn many hats in the publishing industry, having been Associate Editor at Field & Stream, Web Editor for Ladies’ Home Journal, and Production Editor for Harrison Scott Publications. Most recently, she did production work in the marketing department of Rosenthal JCC. In addition to freelancing, Betsy currently volunteers for Mt. Kisco Senior Center and DailyGood.org. She holds a B.A. from Fordham University in philosophy and psychology.
Matthew Price, Webmaster, is the VP of Engineering and Lead Developer at Community Funded. He has been developing and designing websites for more than 14 years. He has worked with non-profit organizations for over 8 years and is currently a staff member at The Sustainable Living Association. He holds a BS in Biology from Dickinson College.
Ellis Levine, Attorney for Fig Tree Books, is a partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, and a widely-known and highly-respected attorney for the book publishing industry. Previously, he was Vice President, Secretary, General Counsel, and a member of the Board of Directors of Random House, Inc. He has a BA from Harvard College and a JD from Harvard Law School. He is treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses.