Staff Directory

Public Affairs


Clive Priddle joined PublicAffairs as executive editor in 2003. He became Editorial Director in 2006, and Publisher in 2012.  Since joining PublicAffairs, the authors he has edited include Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, Linda Robinson, Natan Sharansky, Kishore Mahbubani, John Kerry, David Rothkopf, Richard Haass, and Muhammad Yunus. Prior to that, he was publishing director of Fourth Estate, a division of HarperCollins, where among the authors he acquired were Sebastian Junger, Laura Hillenbrand, David Ewing Duncan, James Naughtie, Francis Wheen, Geraldine Brooks, Oliver Morton, Eric Larson, and Michela Wrong. He previously worked for four years at Penguin UK. He won the Tony Godwin award in 2001. Born in London, a graduate of Cambridge University, Clive lives with his wife and two sons in northern Manhattan.


Between 1966–1984 Peter Osnos was a reporter and foreign correspondent for The Washington Post and served as the newspaper’s foreign and national editor. From1984-1996 he was Vice President, Associate Publisher,and Senior Editor at Random House and Publisher of Random House’s Times Books division.In 1997, he founded PublicAffairs. He served as Publisher and CEO until 2005. Among the authors he has published and/or edited are—former President Jimmy Carter, Rosalyn Carter, Gen. Wesley Clark, Clark Clifford, former President Bill Clinton,Sam Donaldson, Dorothy Height, Molly Ivins, Vernon Jordan, Stanley Karnow, Wendy Kopp, Jim Lehrer, Scott McClellan, Robert McNamara, Charles Morris, Peggy Noonan, Barack Obama, Tip O’Neill, Nancy Reagan, Andy Rooney, Morley Safer, Natan Sharansky, George Soros, Donald Trump, Paul Volcker, Paul Farmer, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, and Muhammad Yunus, as well as journalists from America’s leading publications and prominent scholars. Osnos has also been a commentator and host for National Public Radio and a contributor to publications including Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, and The New Republic. He has also served as Chair of the Trade Division of the Association of American Publishers and on the board of Human Rights Watch. From 2005-2009, he was executive director of The Caravan Project, funded by the MacArthur and Carnegie Foundations, which developed a plan for multi-platform publishing of books.He is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations. He is a graduate of Brandeis and Columbia Universities. He lives in New York City, with his wife Susan, a consultant to human rights and philanthropic organizations.


Jaime Leifer was named VP, Associate Publisher in December 2014.  She returned to PublicAffairs as Director of Publicity in February 2010 from The New Yorker, where she handled media coverage for the magazine and worked with a wide range of writers, including Seymour M. Hersh, Malcolm Gladwell, George Packer, Jane Mayer, Adam Gopnik, Elizabeth Kolbert, and James Surowiecki. Leifer began her career in publishing at PublicAffairs, signing on as a publicity assistant in August 2001, immediately after moving to New York. Over the course of the next six years, she rose through the ranks to Publicity Manager, leading the campaigns of books ranging from Marjorie Williams’s The Woman at the Washington Zoo and Martin Meredith’s The Fate of Africa to Fernando Henrique Cardoso’s The Accidental President of Brazil and Jeremy Paxman’s On Royalty. A Massachusetts native, Leifer graduated from Harvard University and attended the Columbia Publishing Course. She lives in Brooklyn.


Lindsay Fradkoff was named Marketing Director in December 2014. She joined PublicAffairs in 2006 and worked in marketing, advertising, and promotion. She developed the in-house social media accounts and managed all digital marketing efforts and online promotions by authors.  She has worked on promotional campaigns for Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award winner Stamped from the Beginning, and bestselling titles including Disrupt Aging by JoAnn Jenkins, Black Mass by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill, and Food, Inc. edited by Karl Weber. Prior to joining PublicAffairs, she worked in sales and marketing at Barefoot Books and Beacon Press. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son, and loves Boston sports, karaoke, and her dog.


Ben Adams came to PublicAffairs in 2012 after seven years at Bloomsbury Publishing. Books he’s published here include Alex Beam’s American Crucifixion, Anya Kamenetz’s The Test, Radley Balko’s Rise of the Warrior Cop, and Peter Pomerantsev’s Nothing is True and Everything is Possible. In his career, Ben has acquired and published books in a wide variety of categories, including sports, science, current affairs, economics, history, food, humor, memoir and more. He also has an active interest in connecting readers to publishers and has helped rebuild the PublicAffairs newsletter, which you should subscribe to. A Bostonian by breeding and disposition, Ben lives in Manhattan with his wife and son.



Melissa Raymond first came to PublicAffairs in the summer of 2000 as a part-time, temporary employee. She never forgot the fond memories she had of the publishing experience and, when the opportunity presented itself in 2005, came back to PublicAffairs full-time. Raymond worked her way up from Production Editor to Assistant Managing Editor to Managing Editor, and now oversees the production process of PublicAffairs’full list of titles. She has worked on books by Muhammad Yunus (Creating a World Without Poverty and Building Social Business), George Soros (The New Paradigm for Financial Markets, The Crash of 2008 and What it Means, and The Soros Lectures), Participant Media (Food, Inc. and Waiting for “Superman”), Daniel Patrick Moynihan (Daniel Patrick Moynihan: A Portrait in Letters), the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report), and many more. Raymond graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Journalism and moved to New York to attend the Manhattan School of Music, where she received her Master’s in Opera Performance. She continues to perform professionally whenever she has the opportunity.