BRIDGET WATSON PAYNE -- Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Bridget is Editorial Director of art publishing at Chronicle Books, where she helps coordinate the Diversity and Inclusion Group. In addition to her board role with BAWiP, she is a senior mentor for Representation Matters. Over more than 15 years in publishing, she has collaborated with hundreds of authors to make their book ideas a beautiful reality. She is also an artist and the author of several books. Bridget has taught on CreativeLive, at the ICON Conference, Handcraft Studio School, and elsewhere; spoken at the San Francisco Writers’ Conference and the California Library Association; and been featured on KTVU San Francisco, Minnesota Public Radio, Publishers Weekly, Shondaland, Women Who Draw, and more. She is also the founder of Open Studio, a shared work, learning, and retail space in San Francisco.
VANESSA TA — Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Vanessa Ta is a proud Bay Area native. As an editor at Callisto Media, she works on titles across a wide range of subject areas from cookbooks to alternative medicine to spirituality and beyond. Before joining Callisto Media, she spent time at several Bay Area publishing houses, including North Atlantic Books and Red Wheel/Weiser. Vanessa holds a BA in English and French from San Francisco State University and an MFA in poetry from Mills College. She joined Bay Area Women in Publishing to connect with the wonderful community of women in publishing and to work to further diversity in the industry.