Mitch Allen has 35 years experience in academic and professional publishing. He launched Left Coast Press, Inc.
after leaving his position as Publisher of AltaMira Press, which he founded and directed for its first ten years.
AltaMira became a leading provider of information on museum practice, cultural resources management, public history and
applied anthropology, among other topics, under Mitch's leadership. Prior to running AltaMira, he served as Executive
Editor for Sage Publications, a leading social science publisher. He has been responsible for publishing over 1000
books, dozens of professional journals, and several software products in his career.
Mitch is also an archaeologist (Ph.D., UCLA) who publishes regularly in that field. He is Adjunct Professor of
Anthropology at Mills College in Oakland, CA and has also taught at Santa Clara University, University of Maryland,
and Diablo Valley College.
Mitch can be reached at
Jennifer Collier, Senior Editor, was Acquisitions Editor for AltaMira Press and Executive Editor for
University of Alaska Press before joining the staff of Left Coast. In between those publishing stints, she
received an M.A. in geography from Cambridge University. Jennifer is based in Sebastopol, California:
720 Belglen Way
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Phone: (707) 861-9591
Jennifer can be reached at
Katie Peña, Production and Systems Manager, has a background in systems management for major American corporations
and is board president of the Walnut Creek school district. She holds a B.A. from UC Davis.
Katie can be reached at
Vida Prater, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Left Coast Academic Consulting, comes to the press after retiring
from almost three decades of running the cluster of major and minor programs in international and area studies at
University of California, Berkeley. Vida is also an archaeologist and has a background in finance and organizational management.
Vida can be reached at
Caryn Berg, Archaeology Marketing and Acquisitions,
is an archaeologist by training who earned her Ph.D. from the University of
Colorado at Boulder. She spent over 10 years as an educator, teaching at several Colorado universities. She has
also worked as a consulting archaeologist, primarily in the American Southwest, Great Basin, Plains, and Midwest.
She is based in Denver, Colorado.
Caryn can be reached at
Jennifer de Garmo, Anthropology Marketing, spent 10 years working on environmental education campaigns and
issue organizing for various environmental groups including Sierra Club, Montana Wilderness Association, and Natural
Resources Defense Council. She received a B.A. in anthropology and Spanish from Fort Lewis College.
Jennifer can be reached at
Bridget Moar, Journals Manager, has a background in business management and sales. She is also an
artist and holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley.
Bridget can be reached at
Ryan Harris, Editorial Assistant,
holds an MFA in creative fiction from St Mary's College of California.
Ryan can be reached at
Copa Mundial Allen, is Chief Canine Officer for the Left Coast Press, Inc. headquarters in California.
She specializes in chewing and is a great foot warmer. She also doesn't respond to email.